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Social justice is indispensable in building enduring nation – Commission

By Chidi Opara [NAN]


The Federal Character Commission (FCC) says social justice is indispensable in building an enduring nation.

Its Executive Chairman, Dr. Muheeba Dankaka, said this in Owerri at a three-day retreat for commissioners of the commission and senior officials of Imo Government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting had the theme “Building Cooperation for Equitable Service Delivery.”

Dankaka said that the primary aim of the commission was to ensure a strong, virile and indivisible nation based on fairness, equity and justice.

She said it was also to promote national loyalty and foster a sense of belonging amongst all Nigerians.

The commission boss said that when President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the fifth board of the commission in July 2020, the commission realised that it was essential to put necessary machinery in place for the task ahead.

She said that one of the tasks was a capacity building structure that would prepare the commission for the task ahead.

Dankaka said that the retreat was aimed at reflecting in general and come up with workable templates on how the commission could contribute in the discourse of national stability, which she said, was being called to question in recent time.

According to her, the retreat offered an opportunity to discuss and deliberate on how the commission has fared and what should be done to meet up with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.

“The practicality of the Federal Character Commission task is a pivotal and herculean one and requires the participation of all stakeholders.

“Our primary view is to ensure a strong, virile and indivisible nation based on fairness, equity and justice with a view to promoting national loyalty and fostering a sense of belonging amongst Nigerians.

“It is believed that social justice is indispensable for the building of an enduring nation and therefore we must thrive at all times in ensuring these basic tenents,” she said.

The executive chairman listed the mandates of the commission to include ensuring fair and equitable distribution of posts in the public services throughout the federation among the indigenes of the various states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

She said it was also to ensure fair and equitable distribution of social services, economic amenities and infrastructure facilities among the federating units.

She said it was also to fashion out modalities and strategies on how to engage state governors to have state character commissions.

According to Dankaka, the document on how the commission can assist states to establish similar organisations and work with her state offices to realise this will further enable the states to grow in harmony.

Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo, who declared the retreat open through his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, said that the commission had become a critical instrument of national unity and integration for a nation with great diversity in language, culture and religion.

The governor enjoined members of the commission to ensure that no section of the country or her citizens will be cheated in the management and distribution of the nation’s resources.

He said that Dankaka, as a woman, should display her motherly milk of human kindness to ensure a happy Federal Character Commission for all in the country.

‘”The Federal Character Commission would fashion out modalities and strategies on how to engage state governors to have state character commissions,” Uzodimma said.

Dr. Uche Diogu, a commissioner representing Imo State in the commission, and the Chairman of its Retreat Planning Committee, said the retreat came at a time when the commission’s image had been brought to the public glare largely by some misunderstanding in its operational modalities.

He said the essence of the retreat was to enable the commissioners get acquainted with each other, understand the dynamics of management of people and its concomitant effects on the mission and mandate of the commission. (NAN)

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