Governor Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa State has restated the his administration believes firmly upholding values of justice and fairness to all.
He stated this when he recieved a delegation from the Public Complaints Commission, Nasarawa State Chapter who were on a courtesy visit to Government House Lafia, Thursday.
While applauding the commission for its role in defending the public especially civil servants and the defenceless in society, Governor Sule maintained that the state government will continue to partner with agencies and institutions such as the public complaints commission to ensure equity, justice and fairness to all especially at all levels of the civil service in Nasarawa State.
Engineer Abdullahi Sule said his government is a government of inclusivity which is why he called for the inclusion of elections tribunal defense to be made a part the commission's core mandate. By defending politicians who fail at the polls or who are swindled of victory: the commission will serve as a cornerstone for Nigerians with good intentions. Governor Abdullahi A. Sule bemoaned the sad scenario where the commission is starved of funds to protect politicians who may not be too rich and find it difficult to participate in politics and contest for elective positions.
"It is important that when people fall in that category, they will have a fall-back position and the fall back position is the public defender which is the commission" Governor Sule said.
Speaking on providing a conducive site for office accommodation for the public complaints commission, Governor Sule said the state government is creating an area adjacent the CBN complex in Lafai the State capital which is reserved for federal government agencies.
"We have an area that can take about seven institutions, we want to beautify Lafia as such we want to give them standards of the kind of structures that will be erected on the said site" Engineer Abdullahi Sule added.
Earlier Commission of the Public Complaints Commission in charge of Nasarawa State, Barrister Philip Iyakwari said the commission was established to correct the ills in the system and nurture a fair and just environment for public service and to induce officials of both public and private institutions to accept fairness and justice as legitimate competitors with efficiency and effectiveness.
Barrister Iyakwari mentioned cases within the jurisdiction of the commission as delay in getting compensation and payment of retirement benefits, wrongful dismissal from service, difficulty in getting insurance companies to pay claims, failure to get refund of amounts over paid to tax authorities, complaints against law courts for abuse of administrative procedures, non-release of results and complaints against PHCN among others.
"Permit me to use this medium to advice all the aggrieved persons in Nasarawa State not to resort to unlawful means to obtain redress from whatever grievances they may have. They should rather channel those grievances to the commission for redress as the services of the commission are absolutely free" Iyakwari maintained.
The Commissioner, Philip Iyakwari then decried lack of befitting office accommodation, operational vehicles and lack of cooperation from State and Local Government officials in the state.