FCT com­plaints com­mis­sion, Jus­tice for All par­ley monar­chs on good gov­er­nance

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abi­gail O. Akhilor

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.


A jester at an event in Abuja re­cently.


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