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General News of Sunday, 14 November 2021

Source: punchng.com

PCC seeks N23bn to tackle agitations, corruption from grassroots

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The Public Complaints Commission has submitted a fresh budgetary proposal of N23bn to the leadership of the National Assembly as part of efforts to address issues of agitations and corruption from the grassroots.

The Chief Commissioner of the PCC, Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf, stated this in an interview with our correspondent after he defended his agency’s 2022 budget before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

He said the Chairman of the panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, and his members were unanimous in their approval of additional funding for the PCC to enable it to tackle agitations and corruption cases before they would escalate.

Ayo-Yusuf explained that the various inter and intra-communal clashes and fraudulent practices taking place in local communities would not become national discourse if the aggrieved persons had access to authorities they could complain to on time.

He said the fresh N23bn being proposed by his agency would enable it to establish offices in all the wards and local government headquarters in the country and provide logistics for its personnel to function effectively.

He said, “The Senate has said it will increase the budgetary allocation to the Public Complaints Commission so that we could set up offices and increase our personnel across all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. That is why we are asking the National Assembly to grant our proposal to increase our budget.

“The problems we are having in Nigeria would have been significantly addressed if the people at the grassroots have access to the Public Complaints Commission within their locality to air their grievances.

“We are in a mess right now in Nigeria because people could not complain to the government. Everybody is agitated because people are not listening to them.

“If there are avenues for them to lodge complainants at the local government headquarters and wards, the crisis we have in Nigeria would not have escalated to this point.

“That is why we want to reposition the PCC for effective service delivery. The need for a budget of N23bn is borne out of the need to have operational vehicles, and get the commission working.

“The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has directed us to file a fresh budgetary proposal that would capture the new amount and that must be done within 24 hours.

“We would route the request through the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.” 

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