Parliamentary staff urge FG to rescue Public Complaints Commission
Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the gross underfunding of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC).
PCC chapter chairman of PASAN, Margaret Chijioke, who briefed reporters in Abuja, also called on the Senator Ahmed Lawan-led National Assembly to come to the rescue of the country’s ombudsman.
The group claimed that for decades now, the PCC had been neglected, thereby rendering the institution incapable of delivering its core mandate of ensuring social and administrative justice for ordinary Nigerians.
It called on the authorities to reposition the PCC, which is the only anti-corruption institution directly under the National Assembly.
“The Public Complaints Commission remains the voice of the voiceless, the watchdog of the society and an institution with unique ability to give feedback on government policies and governance.
“We wish to remind the president of his manifesto in 2015 wherein he promised to strengthen the Nigerian ombudsman institution.
“The Public Complaints Commission needs a presidential intervention in the 2020 budget to help ordinary Nigerians get justice for free and help the fight against administrative corruption which directly breeds other forms of corruption.”
The group disclosed that the PCC got a paltry budgetary allocation of N4.7 billion as against the N7.4 billion proposed for the ombudsman in the 2020 budget recently signed into law by Buhari.
It claimed that the PCC, with offices in the 774 councils of the country, would not be able to discharge its duties primarily aimed at giving ordinary Nigerians succour in their quest for justice.
PASAN disclosed that between 2015 and 2018, the PCC received 209,745 cases and resolved 87,461, leaving 122,284 pending.