Written by Austine ELEMUE

‘Operation Show Your Certificate’: Panic Grips FCTA Staff

Move by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, to verify certificates of is generating disquiet amongst members of staff, The Abuja Inquirer has learnt.

The administration, our correspondent gathered, has concluded plans to embark on verification of certificates of all categories of staff as part of measures to enhance efficiency and rid the system of “deadweights.”

A source, in the FCTA who asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak, said the verification exercise will lead to mass redeployment of staff across departments and agencies where their potentials can be fully harnessed, explaining that there were many square pegs in round holes within the administration.

The move which was contained in a circular with Ref. N0: FCTA/HRM/S.18138/17, and signed by the Director of Human Resource Department, Hajiye Amina Abubakar, and obtained by our correspondent shows that the exercise will involve physical presence of all staffers with their relevant educational qualifications.

"I am directed to inform all members of staff that the Administration is embarking on deployment of Human Resource Management Information System (HMRIS).

"This will among other entails the capturing of the Educational and other relevant documents of all members of staff. Furthermore, members of staff are to be physically present for the exercise," the circular reads in part.

Though, the circular did not state when the verification exercise will take place, but the source hinted that it will commence sometime in November, noting that the exercise was long overdue.

“It is my candid opinion that the certificates verification of members of staff will no doubt reposition the FCT Administration for effective service delivery because the present composition of staff could be best described as a square pegs in a round holes.

"We have seen a situation where some staff that studied Geography are in Account Department, others who studied basic sciences are Public Relations Department vis-à-vis other agencies and departments. With such staff composition, the administration cannot boast of effective service delivery".

The source claimed that a cross section of the staff were uncomfortable with the development arguing that the administration should “concentrate on enhancing staff welfare rather than creating unnecessary tension.”

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