“Let me emphasize at this juncture that our resolve to fight corruption in the civil service remain firm and any detected corrupt practice will not be tolerated.
To this end, we have reformed our public complaints and anti-corruption commission with mandate to independently deal ruthlessly with all corrupt practices and perpetrators. In the light of this, we have appointed a civil society activist to lead the anti-corruption commission to ensure the credibility of the institution.” Gov. Ganduje
The public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission is an independent institution established with a dual role of both an ombudsman and anti-corruption crusader. It has wide ranging power to inquire into complaints lodged before it by members of the public pertaining to any injustices matter against them by the state or local government councils, public organizations, individuals or groups of people and or any official of the aforementioned bodies. The Commission therefore, upon investigation recommends appropriate remedial measures.
Even though the jurisdiction of the commission is restricted within the state, it however, receives and treated complaints from any other citizen as per as the Complainer is residing within the boundary of the state. The PCAC therefore ensures that its actions are confine within the law establishing it and act and such manner that will not result in the commitment of any act of injustice against any person resident in Kano and for that purpose shall investigate with care any matter, which appear to be unreasonable, unfair, oppressive or in consistent with the general functions of administrative organs. The PCAC’s services are rendered free of any charge to any citizen or person resident in Nigeria.
The commission entertains all forms of complaints/petitions except in the following situations:
- Matters pending before a relevant statutory organisation deemed appropriate to deal with the situation.
- Matters before any court of law
- Matters relating to anything done or purported to have been done in respect of any member of the Armed Forces of Nigeria or the Nigerian Police under the Nigerian Army Act, The Navy Act, The Air Force Act or the Police Act as the case may be, except where the case involves members of these forces and a private citizen or any organisation. All personnel of the commission are obliged to maintain official secrecy in respect of matters so designated and therefore, once a complaint is lodged, nobody will hear of it’s except the investigator and the parties involved.