FCT complaints commission, Justice for All parley monarchs on good governance
The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) in the Federal Capital Territory, in partnership with Justice for All project, Tuesday organised a one day round table discussion to explore available measures that would get Nigerian citizens actively participate in reporting the activities of government on issues that lead to corruption and administrative injustices within the public sector.
Traditional rulers in the FCT, media, FCT health agencies and other stakeholders attended the event.
FCT commissioner of the PCC, Barrister Obunike Ohaegbu, explained that in keeping with its fundamental objective, the commission, which was established in 1975 to accommodate general complaints of administrative injustice, has till date, remained a free outlet backed by the constitution, where the masses can ventilate their grievances and expect accountability and justice.
He added that the commission has remained consistent with its goal of becoming familiar with the peculiar circumstances of people while adopting certain measures to correct these challenges.
He said the commission will roll out complaints boxes in traditional rulers’ palaces and other designated areas, where the people, especially those at the grassroots could drop their complaints and get the services of the commission.
While reminding the public that the commission is not a fault finding one, Barrister Ohaegbu, said since his assumption of office, over 30000 cases have been resolved free of charge, with only one prosecuted and three summons.
Earlier, Emmanuel Uche, the Anti-Corruption Programme Manager of Justice for All Project, said the discussion was aimed at increasing the voice of the voiceless in the FCT.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, the Gomo of Kuje, Alhaji HuranaTanko, promised the royal fathers’ co-operation with the commission in the FCT but urged the commission to seek for necessary logistics that will enable it reach the nooks and crannies of the territory.
Representative of the Secretary, FCT Health Secretariat, Nnodim I. Charles, also commended the commission for organizing the talks and pledged the secretariat’s support by notifying the commission of the residents’ complaints for better attention.
Dr. Michael Aghahowa, who represented General Manager, FCT Hospital Management Services, rolled out various ways his establishment has been addressing patients’ complaints and called on the commission to assist in sensitizing the public on the true situation of things around them.
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ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH