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Title:Checks and Balance of Bureaucratic Excesses and Corruption in Nigeria: An Assessment of the Public Complaints Commission
Author:Agarah, Tunde
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:In Nigeria the ombudsman institution is known as the Public Complaints Commission. It is included in the Constitution of 1979. Its roles and functions have been adapted to the Nigerian environment and distinguish it from the traditional ombudsman institution in the Swedish system. Broadly, the institution is aimed at affording an avenue for aggrieved citizens to seek redress for bureaucratic acts of omission and/or commission bordering on negligence or corruption of the normal bureaucratic processes. After reviewing the literature on bureaucratic (as distinct from political) corruption, the author looks at the structure of the Public Complaints Commission, its powers, limitations and method of work. He then focuses on data collected from its annual operational statistics in order to assess its activities and performance. In conclusion, there is a brief comparative analysis of the issue of corruption in other African States, indicating that corruption is a continent-wide problem which seems to be thwarting all efforts to curb or eradicate it. Ref., sum. in French (p. 24) and Arabic (p. 25).