APPRAISAL OF OMBUDSMAN IN NIGERIA;
OPERATIONS, BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES.
EBIZIEM JUDE EBIZIEM
Department of political science
Alvan Ikoku University of Education
Owerri, Imo state
AMADI CHIDINMA JULIET
Department of Public Administration
Federal polytechnic Nekede
Owerri, Imo State
This paper is to appraise the operations, benefits and challenges of ombudsman in Nigeria. The paper will examine the body as an in built mechanism arbiter independent and unbiased meant to effect checks and balances in daily official conducts and administrative activities when dealing with the public. The study made use of secondary sources of data in its methodology and content analysis for interpretation. The paper adopted the utilitarian and structural functionalism theories for its theoretical and empirical analysis. Finding shows that there is interference of government in the operations thereby influencing the expected unique role of ombudsman in serving moral equity, fair play, and social justice in our society. The paper recommends that there is need to recalibrate the legal powers of ombudsman to strengthen its functionality, efficiency, effectiveness and operational confidence in the public.
Operational confidence, Functionality, Social justice, Interference of government.