Vehicle Inspection Officers in FCT Seek Minister’s Intervention Over Scheme of Service Violations

During its 40th meeting held from 12th to 16th March 2018, the National Council on Establishment (NCE) endorsed the establishment of the Vehicle Inspection Officer cadre, structured on SGL 08-17 for university degree holders, alongside other cadres for diploma and secondary school certificate holders. However, concerns have arisen within the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s Road Traffic Services Directorate regarding deviations from the approved scheme of service.

The Directorate’s failure to adhere strictly to the approved scheme of service, particularly in the areas of appointments, career progression, and assignment of responsibilities, has prompted dissatisfaction among Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs). These officers have raised objections to the appointment of administrative officers lacking the requisite skills and knowledge to oversee professional duties, leading to a perceived erosion of professionalism within the Directorate.

In a statement addressed to the Honorable Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, the VIOs expressed dismay over the appointment of non-professionals as heads of directorates and units, asserting that such appointments undermine the professionalism and effectiveness of the Road Traffic Services. They emphasized that the non-adherence to the schemes of service not only violates the Public Service Rules but also hampers the ability of VIOs to utilize their acquired skills and knowledge effectively.

Furthermore, the recent launch of the “SELF SERVICE PORTAL” intended to streamline operations has been criticized for allegedly allocating plate numbers based on financial bids rather than following established procedures. The VIOs allege that excess funds from these transactions are not being remitted to the revenue account as initially proposed, raising concerns about transparency and accountability.

Amidst these challenges, the VIOs urge the FCT Management to review and realign the activities of the Road Traffic Services Department to ensure compliance with established protocols and enhance service delivery. They emphasize the need for a unified approach that prioritizes professionalism and adherence to the approved scheme of service, ultimately safeguarding the safety of motorists and pedestrians in the Federal Capital Territory.

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