Dr Muheeba Dankaka, Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC)

National development: Commission to partner stakeholders on accurate data collation

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By Jacinta Nwachukwu

Dr Muheeba Dankaka, Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), says the commission will partner stakeholders on the collation of accurate data.

Dankaka made this known at a sensitisation workshop organised by the commission on Wednesday in Abuja.

The aim of the initiative is to achieving equity, fairness and justice in the distribution of resources in realising the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.

Represented by Federal Commissioner representing Ondo state, Lawrence Lomosonye, Dankaka said inadequate data on infrastructural distribution and spread of socio-economic projects in Nigeria made it difficult to appraise even distribution projects and programmes, hence need for such initiative.

“One critical factor that has been a recurring decimal is lack of understanding and perception of the federal character principles amongst the people, specifically among stakeholders.

“Since the inception and the current board that came into being, we have been driving the principle of the Commission and of course, improving our delivery on the mandate.

“And the dreams of the founding fathers of the commission as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Dankaka said.

She said there is no doubt that there are lots of milestones that have shown that the Federal Character Commission is performing its constitutional roles.

According to her, the workshop will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to understand the imperatives of keeping data that may be required from time to time to support national development.

Also, Mr Henry Ogbulogo, Commissioner representing Abia State, said FCC mandate is all about creating awareness on principle of federal character, which is equitable distribution of resources, appointment and others.

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Ogbulogo advised participants from the various geopolitical zones to ensure that some of the principles of the commission captured at the workshop are observed so as to affect people positively across the Federation, regardless of where they come from.

Mr David Fakeye, a resource person said the federal character principle of the government is a deliberate policy that requires managing diversity and its attendant problems.

According to Fakeye, checkmating the problems of inequality and marginalisation arising from lopsidedness in employment, appointment and social amenities and infrastructure are areas the commission needs to intervene for equity, justice and fairness.

Prof. Sunday Oluyamo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Akure, said Nigeria is a country of diverse culture, knowledge, with diverse infrastructure distributed across all the geo-political zones.

“The commission, therefore, has the mandate to bring everybody to a central point where no one is shortchanged or taken out of the federal character,” Oluyamo said.

According to him, President Bola Tinubu has a renewed hope agenda that will further reintegrate the country together and in the distribution of amenities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event which brought together state commissioners, other participants, and representatives from MDAs has ‘Equity, Fairness and Justice as a tool in realising the Renowned Hope Agenda’ as its theme. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Razak Owolabi

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