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Traders, Teachers Barricade FCT, Demand Audience With Bala

FTS want their permanent appointment letters”, “After serving, no confirmation for FTS”; and “Bala don’t go, you must give us our appointment letters

Kingsley Madaki

With less than a week to the end of the Senator Mohammed’s over five year reign at the FCTA, hundreds of protesters Monday, stormed the premises of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Area 11,Garki District, Abuja, demanding an audience with the FCT minister, over some pressing issues affecting their wellbeing.

While a set of protesters from Wuse zone 3 market traders association barricaded the main entrance and exit gates of the FCTA Secretariat, barring movement around there, for hours, some Auxiliary teachers of the 3rd batch of the Federal Teachers Scheme (Primary), occupied an open space within the vicinity of the minister’s office also seeking an audience with The FCT Minister

Inside Abuja learnt that while the aggrieved traders were protesting alleged last minute by the Senator Bala led administration to demolish their market, the teachers embarked on the demonstration, to demand their permanent appointment letters.

However, Inside Abuja also oberserved that the demonstrating traders carried placards with messages such as: “Why Demolition Now?, “Bala Mohammed we no Go Gree o”, “We Want Justice in Zone 3 Market”, Rescue us from Demolition”, and “Say No to Unemployment in Zone 3 Market”.

On the other hand, the aggrieved auxiliary teachers also carried placards adorned with messages like: “We need job for FTS 2011/2013″ “FTS want their permanent appointment letters”, “After serving, no confirmation for FTS”; and “Bala don’t go, you must give us our appointment letters.”

The protesting teachers accused the FCTA officials for allegedly being indifferent to their quest for solution to their plight.

Despite several attempt by the minister’s security personnel to convince the protesting auxiliary teachers to vacate the place, they refused to leave the premises, unless the minister hears their cry for help.

According to the leader of the protesting teachers, Igba Donald, they served in the scheme for two years- between 2011 to 2013; and were promised permanent jobs.

“FCTA promised to absorb us, but till now nothing has been done.”The promise was that 50 % of us will be given permanent employment, but until now nothing has been heard of it.

“The only thing we are hearing from the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) is that the minister had already approved for us to be absorbed into the FCT education sector, as permanent staff, which many of us were given provisional appointment letters.

“But, till today none of us has been given a permanent employment, despite having to visit them (FCT Administration for more than seven occasions, where we even submitted our letters to the minister’s office for intervention in the matter, all to no avail,” he stressed.

He explained that they had written several letters, as a reminder to the FCTA to fulfill their pledge, but the FCTA decided to ignore them.

Inside Abuja further gathered that selected leaders of the protesting groups later met with FCTA officials, who assured of the government’s commitment to look into their respective grievances.

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