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Abuja Lawyer Seeks Scrapping Of SERVICOM Office

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An Abuja based legal practitioner, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi has asked the Federal Government to immediately scrap its Service Compact With All Nigerians ( SERVICOM) on the ground that the agency has failed to serve its purpose.

The lawyer warned that the Federal Government should stop the use of tax payers money from being used to fund a moribund organization like SERVICOM which he claimed, is no longer serving any useful purpose.

Addressing a Press Conference on the state of the Nigerian nation on Friday in Abuja, the legal practitioner recalled how in 2004, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief with the emergence of ‚ÄúService Compact With All Nigerians” popularly known as SERVICOM.

He noted that the agency was established to promote effective, quality and efficient service to the people of Nigeria as well as empower public officers to be at alert to their responsibilities in providing improved, efficient, timely and transparent service across government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals.

Olajengbesi claimed that the body was supposed to be a mechanism through which Nigerians can lodge complaints against public officers whose conducts fell below the standard required of public and civil servants.

Upon its take off, he argued that the body customarily had offices in all Federal Government agencies, taking complaints and ensuring efficiency, justice and fairness in all government agencies.

He however noted that unfortunately, the body has now failed to uphold the purpose of its establishment. The agency no longer addresses complaints and has now become very ineffective.

“The organization’s leadership and modus oparandi has accordingly encouraged abuse of official duties on the one hand as well as precluding victims from accessing appropriate remedy within the administrative system”.

As a way out, the lawyer canvassed that the Federal Government should either inject a new lease of life into the agency or scrap it with immediate effect so as to stop wasting scarce resources on unproductive ventures.

The counsel lamented that while the organization had gone down the drain, its workers have continued to draw salaries from the Federal Government coffers without doing anything to justify the pay.

“Go to virtually, all agencies of the Federal Government where Servicom is supposed to be feasible and productive by keeping service providers on their toes, you will hardly see their traces anywhere whereas the workers are still drawing pays from the federation account”, he lamented.

Garry Ochigbo, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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