By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration ,FCTA, has introduced an annual staff recognition award for outstanding performance to boost morale and promote productivity in the service.
Minister of state for the FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu stated this during the maiden edition of the FCTA staff recognition award for the year 2020, at the weekend.
She said the Administration was keen on ensuring that staff contribution was recognised and acknowledged through the annual reward system.
The minister while presenting the award to the staff, gave special recognition and appreciation to one of the distinguished broadcast journalists, Ikharo Attah for his unflinching commitment to the development of Abuja especially when COVID-19 was at the peak.
She explained that FCTA rewarded frontline workers and other critical stakeholders who have demonstrated uncommon passion and act of exemplary conducts in the course of service to humanity during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister who commended the award winners for their enormous roles played during the lockdown, however, reminded staff of the Administration that the purpose of the award ceremony was to improve staff loyalty and motivation to duty.
Aliyu further stressed that the award system was to provide guidelines to recognize unique, value added and performance objective in order to align staff with core values of the Federal Capital Territory Administration which would in turn help the Administration serve its residents and visitors better.
In his remarks, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, noted that the public service rule acknowledges the need to accord recognition to services rendered, adding that the Administration has put in place and would implement reforms designed to move the FCT civil service to a greater heights.
Adesola revealed that as part of effort to enable staff attained their career progression, the Administration had since September 2020 conducted promotion exercise for 2019 and 2020 fiscal year resulting to the promotion of about 12,235 staff on grade level 4–16.
He added that the Administration had also issued the 2021 promotion exercise circular to ensure that as far as possible staff no longer lose their seniority from missed promotion exercise, adding that the Administration has reviewed and obtained approvals for conversation, advancement for over 200 staff who have acquired additional qualifications to enable them migrate to other cadres.