FCTA Adopts New Method for Staff Assessment

By: Prudence Okonna

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has concluded arrangements for the introduction of a new approach to assessing the performance of its Staff.

The new method which is based on Standard Performance Procedure (SPP), is aimed at ensuring that the functions of each Official are spelled -out and measured according to the roles performed.

Director, Department of Human Resources Management of the FCT Administration, Muhammad Bashir, disclosed this during a training program organized for the Staff of FCTA at the FCT training Center, Gudu District, Monday in Abuja.

Bashir said the Performance Management System for the Staff of the Administration using the SPP, will now allow Heads of Units to assess Staff as against the practice where junior Staff assesses themselves.

The capacity
building training organized by the Department for staff across the Secretariats, Departments, and Agencies, (SDAs), is to equip them with the necessary skill that would aid the performance of their duties.

He assured that the structures to ensure the full implementation of the procedure is in top gear.

On the issues of conversion for officers between grade level eight to fourteen, desirous to move from one role to another, the Director lamented the number of applications pending but emphasized that due process must be followed for every staff to be attended to.

While admonishing the trainees to prioritize experience rather than just qualifications, he noted that the training was beyond a welfare benefit but important to build the capacity of every staff to understand the mandate of the Administration.

The Director called on the middle to the top-level management staff of the FCTA, currently receiving training on “Developing Analytical Skills for Managing Organizational Operation”, to cascade the training to the junior officers in order to equip them for the work ahead.

The training, which is facilitated by representatives from Newcastle University, United Kingdom in collaboration with Messrs Unity-plus concepts limited, is dedicated to equipping about 200 staff between Grade level 12 to 17 across different SDAs of the FCTA to improve their leadership and decision-making skills.

The Director of Human Resource Management, who lamented the paucity of funds as the reason for bringing the facilitators to Nigeria rather than taking the staff abroad assured that all that is needed to equip them has been made available.

He emphasized that the onus is on the participants to maximize the one week of training to improve their skills and take responsibility as leaders in their different roles.

Bashir, therefore, called on the over 38,000 staff strength of the FCTA to key into the mandate of the Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, by stifling all forms of malpractices by upholding fairness, justice, discipline, and efficiency in the discharge of their duties.