BVI, Caribbeanand International News

Complaints Commission needs more power

Complaints Commission needs more power

Talk show host Karia Christopher has posited that the Office of the Complaints Commission should be given more powers as this could help the public to understand some of the issues affecting the public sector.
The Office of the Complaints Commission was established as an independent body that investigates grievances that members of the public bring against government agencies.

During a discussion on her Real Talk programme, Christopher said these investigations could unearth some issues affecting government departments that often result in maladministration or poor service.

“I think the public service gets unfairly labled in a lot of ways and it very much pains my heart. The limitations a lot of the government departments get, you cannot do better — lack of staff, lack of funding, and a lack of a lot of stuff. There are so many other factors,” Christopher stated.

While making her point, Christopher pointed out that heads of government departments should be held accountable but stressed that public officers face a lot of obstacles on the job as well as constant public scrutiny.

“Perhaps if I never worked for the (public) service, I would have a lot of the feelings that the public has. But I work there for now and I understand so much of the limitations that public servants feel. On top of having such public scrutiny, on top of having a lot of bashing when there’s not a lot of things you can do personally,” Christopher added.

During the discussion, constitutional review commissioners Noni Georges and Maya Barry pointed out that they have been tasked with reviewing the effectiveness of bodies such as the Office of the Complaints Commissioner that are responsible for holding government accountable.

However, both commissioners said the issue raised by Christopher could be addressed by amending the Complaints Commissioner Act rather than the constitution.

In the meantime, public officers have been facing increased pressure and scrutiny in recent times, especially amid the heightened good governance standards the United Kingdom has mandated for implementation in the BVI.

Some elected leaders have revealed that there are public officers who are afraid to do their jobs because of the increased scrutiny and the fear that they will be reprimanded if they make errors.

Related Articles

Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
If a country is denied the right to independence by another, it is not in a union. It is in a dictatorship.
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
Corruption works: House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena her donor, Sam Bankman-Fried, to testify at hearing on FTX collapse
Ronaldo's new contract...
Prince William's godmother resigns honorary royal role after exposing her/their racism
British PM Rishi Sunak pledges further action on strikes to 'protect lives'
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman.
Double standards: UK lawmakers attack EU chief over Ireland claims
Yellen hints at ‘national security’ probe into Twitter purchase
Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trump's Twitter account.
George W. Bush and Barack Obama will hold back-to-back disinformation conferences
Mission Improbable: Tom Cruise & Queen Elizabeth
Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico are not single anymore