The director, public affairs and communication (PAC) department, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Chuks Okoli has described the commission as a regulatory body that enforces a principle that will guide the establishment in the recruitment process to promote equity, fairness and justice in Nigeria.
Okoli made this assertion during the opening ceremony of the 2022 PAC Week at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said that the week is dedicated to updating the public on the achievement of the commission within three years.
“PAC is one of the 11 departments we have in FCC. Its function is to inform the public about the activities of the commission and get feedback from the public back to the commission, the opinion of the public about the commission. We work on the feedback we get and we inform the general public. Wherever there is a doubt, we clear it.
“A lot of people don’t know what this commission is all about. Some people believe that the FCC is a recruiting agency but the major function of this commission is to enforce principles that guide the establishment’s recruitment processes. We look at the standard set by the agency to ensure that there is fairness, equity and justice for all Nigerians,” he stated.
Pointing out some of the achievements made by the commission, Okoli said: “Training and promotion of staff are given uttermost priority. Internal posting of staff who overstayed in one department were moved to other departments. Aggressive monitoring of staff recruitment and completed projects. Aggressive sensitisation and public enlightenment, as well as the establishment of the digital economy centre and e-learning facilities in the commission [are some of the things we have done]”.
Earlier in her remarks, the FCC chairman, Dr. Muheeba Dankaka expressed her gratitude to the department for organising such an occasion that will encourage staff to be up-and-doing in their duties.
Dankaka promised to support the PAC programme to showcase some achievements of the commission.
In his remarks, the chairman of the public relations and information committee, Hon. Stephen Jings, who chaired the event, disclosed that this is the second edition of PAC week, which has made some of the achievements of the commission known to the general public.
“Whatever we do here reflects what the commission does. If we do not make this a yearly occasion, I want us to use it to reward agencies that have followed us judiciously. Some agencies do not know what we do. We need to go a step further than that. We intend to use some of these jingles to understand,” Jings said.