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We Need Leaders, Not Looters – Matama Sule

Posted: Oct 16, 2015 at 10:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ezimakor Abuja

Elder Statesman and first republic minister, Matama Sule, declared on Thursday that hope is not lost on the country producing credible leaders after all.
He observed that emerging signs points to a  bright  light at end of the tunnel in nation’s long quest for responsible leadership,  stressing that what the country needs are leaders not rulers and looters of her Commonwealth.

The Dan massannin Kano spoke in Abuja at the 40th Anniversary Retreat of Nigeria’s ombudsman, the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), where he counseled that the commission must make itself relevant as the conscience of the government.

Sule, who was pioneer chief commissioner of the agency not. PCC’s central role in addressing administrative excesses and corruption at its inception in 1975, but regretted that politicization of appointment into the PCC was responsible for its present sorry state.

Senate President Olusola Saraki in a keynote address read on his behalf by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said the capacity building retreat is very important as it will provide the newly inaugurated commissioners ample opportunity to appreciate their role.

” There is no gainsaying the fact that a strong ombudsman institution is important in providing redress to individual grievances, especially in an administration that has change as its mantra” he said pointing out that PCC has  constitutional obligation to the national assembly which it must submit periodic report.
He reminded the 36 commissioners of their obligation not to engage in partisan politics, assuring the agency of better funding to enable fulfil its duty to the citizens.

The Senate President used the occasion to launch the new icomplain portal, and urged Nigerians to key to the initiative by calling 08000icomplain.

Earlier in his welcome address, Emmanuel Ogbile disclosed of plans by PCC to embark on proactive, independent investigation of agencies and institutions whose activities do not conform to administrative norms, in line with enabling Act. This he said will help address impunity in the polity.