Gowon tasks com­plaints com­mis­sion to up­hold truth, eq­uity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

For­mer Head of State, Gen­eral Yakubu Gowon has urged the Public Com­plaints Com­mis­sion (PCC) to up­hold the tenets of truth and eq­uity for peace and jus­tice to reign in the coun­try.

He also en­joined Nige­ri­ans to make use of the Com­mis­sion.

The for­mer Nige­rian leader made the call yesterday dur­ing the com­mis­sion’s 40th an­niver­sary re­treat in Abuja.

Gowon first in­au­gu­rated the com­mis­sion in 1975 un­der the lead­er­ship of Am­bas­sador Maitama Sule.

Flag­ging off the cer­e­mony, Se­nate pres­i­dent, Dr Bukola Saraki said no com­mis­sioner of an om­buds­man in­sti­tu­tion world­wide must en­gage in par­ti­san pol­i­tics in or­der to in­su­late him or her from im­par­tial­ity and bias as well as guar­an­tee public con­fi­dence in the in­sti­tu­tion.

Rep­re­sented by the Chair­man, Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Ethics, Priv­i­leges and Public Pe­ti­tion, Sam Anyanwu, he said a func­tional Om­buds­man sys­tem would pro­vide the cit­i­zenry a plat­form to ven­ti­late their griev­ances in a way that re­duces so­cial ten­sion, thus en­hanc­ing so­ci­etal co­he­sion and har­mony.

Chief Jus­tice

of Nige­ria, Jus­tice Mah­mud Mo­hammed said he en­cour­ages the use of Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion (ADR) be­cause the job of an Om­buds­man goes be­yond the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion of pe­ti­tion filed be­fore them, as they must also em­brace the need to build bridges where such have bro­ken be­tween the par­ties be­fore it.

Chief Com­mis­sioner, PCC, Em­manuel Og­bile, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion may not be too vis­i­ble com­pared to other anti-cor­rup­tion agen­cies of gov­ern­ment but they are work­ing to en­sure that all cases of ad­min­is­tra­tive in­jus­tice re­ported are ad­dressed.

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