Traditional rulers under the aegis of FCT Council of Yoruba Obas have commended the Federal Capital Territory’s office of the Public Complaints Commission for serving as the defender of the defenceless.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday when the Honourable Commissioner, Comrade Ezekiel Musa and a delegation of the Commission paid the traditional rulers a courtesy visit at the palace of the Chairman of FCT Council of Yoruba Obas, Dr Olusegun Salau, the traditional rulers said the Commission has been vital in ensuring peace and harmony within the FCT.
Salau who was represented by the Secretary of the FCT Council of Yoruba Obas, Oba Adeleke Odeyemi assured the Commissioner of the traditional institution’s support in discharging his duties.
“We are well-positioned to appreciate the very important mediation role played by the Public Complaints Commission. Your Commission has brought justice and succour to the downtrodden and the helpless in the society by ensuring that they are not cheated of their legitimate right. Therefore, it is safe to say that the Public Complaints Commission is a place of refuge for the helpless, the silent peace-maker and defender of the defenseless in the society.
The traditional rulers called for inclusion in government programmes and expressed confidence that with the appointment of Musa, the Commission will continue to serve as the eye of the people in government.
In his remarks, Musa said he had come to seek the support and prayers of the traditional rulers as the people closest to ordinary Nigerians living in the FCT. He said traditional rulers are important stakeholders and crucial to the job of the Commission in ensuring social justice.
“On assumption of duty I found out that all stakeholders who has opinion, who represents people should be reached out so that we can partner and work together. That’s why I found this chiefdom very important and strategic to identify with you and from time to time we would be interfacing and we are going to be organising dialogue where different segments of people would come and sit down and air out their views and how they feel things should be done.
“PCC is for the common people. Many people do not go to court today because they don’t have money to hire lawyers. But in PCC you don’t need to pay one Naira. Government in its wisdom knows very well that the common man may find it difficult to obtain justice that’s why they came up with PCC and PCC has been around since 1975.
The Commissioner described the Commission as a sensitive government agency and assured that the Commission under his leadership will be more alive to its responsibilities.