MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
The acting Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), retired Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi has pledged to run all inclusive administration based on rule of law in her management of the Commission.
The retired Justice of Supreme Court who came to saddle as the new boss of PSC following the resignation of the former Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Adeola Kunbi Smith few days ago made the pledge on Wednesday following her nomination as the most senior Commissioner in the Police Service Commission. Her acting appointment would subsist until a new Chairman is appointed for the Commission.
The former Chairman; a retired Inspector General of Police formally resigned his appointment which has been accepted by Mr. President with immediate effect.
According to the Commission’s spokesman Mr. Ikechukwu Ani in a statement on Thursday said Alhaji Smith retired on health grounds.
“Following his resignation and in pursuant to Schedule 2(4) sub-section 2(2) of the Police Service Commission Establishment Act 2001,Members of the Management of the Commission met yesterday, Wednesday, September 14th, 2022, and nominated a colleague, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, as the acting Chairman pending the appointment of a new Chairman by Mr. President.”
“Justice Ogunbiyi who was until her nomination the Commissioner 1 in the Commission and next in hierarchy to the former Chairman, expressed her appreciation to her colleagues for the confidence reposed on her and pledged to run an inclusive administration based on the rule of law.”
She said the Commission deserves the best and promised to ensure that the Management will do everything possible to give the Staff, a Commission they will be proud of. “We will do our best by the grace of God and I believe our best will be good enough” she noted.
Meanwhile, the Joint Union Congress of the Commission has suspended its strike action to allow the new Management to look into its demands.
The present Management of the Commission was inaugurated on the 25th of July 2018 and is expected to exit on the 24th of July 2023.