Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday tasked the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to ensure that the era of impunity and administrative injustice in the country are eradicated from the public service and the bureaucracy.
Saraki, who noted that the principal reason for the establishment of the Commission is to protect the public from gross abuse of office by public servants, pledged that the 8th Senate would strengthen the Commission to enable it perform its constitutional mandate effectively.
The Senate President gave the charge when he received the Chief Commissioner, Chief Emmanuel Ogbile; and the states and FCT commissioners, who paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly Complex.
“As you said, you would soon be 40 years, and I don’t think the impact that you have made in the society has been felt. I want to charge you as members that this is a golden opportunity to make that difference. What you can be reassured of is that this 8th Senate, my colleagues supporting, we will give you all the necessary backings to make that difference,” he said. He further reiterated the importance of transparency in the public life of all Nigerians.
“This is the beginning of our accountability to the Nigerian people. What makes a society is for people to have a sense of belonging, to have a sense of ownership of their governance and commissioners like you “Those, who set up this Commission 40 years ago, had good intentions, and I believe that, if we had done our own part and seeing that it worked, it would have played a great role in this our society because the real reason is for us to be able to address people’s complaints about the public service.
“The society and country we are proud of, it is because the public or public servants, elected officials know that they are accountable to the people and also know that, if they do anything wrong, there are commissions like this. They have the capacity and ability, and they will make sure that things are done properly.
-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja