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Senate moves to amend CCB Act to remove Office from the SGF

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Saraki NEWA Bill to amend the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) passed the first reading at the Senate on Tuesday as the National Assembly resumed plenary after the Easter recess.

The senate also passed for the first reading, seven other bills, including a bill seeking to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) which was passed by the 7th National Assembly.

Speaking to newsmen after plenary, sponsor of the CCB Act amendment Bill, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North, PDP) said that it had become necessary to amend the Act establishing the CCB and its Tribunal.

He said that the main aim of the amendment was to move the bureau and the tribunal away from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

“The Code of Conduct Tribunal and the Code of Conduct Bureau now are under the office of the Secretary to the Government (SGF).

The secretary to the government is a politician and can use it against political opponents or perceived political opponents. He oversees the CCB and the CCT; they report to his office.

Since the Supreme Court in their judgment has said that they are a court of some sort, they must be seen to be neutral in nature and not to report to a politician.

We want to make it completely neutral, either move it to the judiciary or move it to the National Assembly that has the power to remove the chairman and members of the tribunal.

Otherwise, one day like we are seeing now, if you are an enemy to the SGF, he will use the CCB to put you into trouble, charge you there like we are seeing now.

The intent is not because of what is happening; you cannot put a quasi judicial arm under the control of the SGF who is a politician, appointed by the President,” he said.

The senator added that the amendment to the Act would include stipulating a time line within which the bureau should investigate assets declared by a political office holder.

He said that it was out of place for the CCB to prescribe that a political office holder should declare assets at the beginning and end of his tenure “while the bureau decides when to investigate.”

“Within the time you came to office and the time you are leaving office they must have investigated your assets; what is left is to investigate the assets declared when leaving office.

You do not just leave it for so many years, and then all of a sudden, someone wakes up and says `56 years ago you did not declare your asset’; that should not be so.

You have been given a time frame to declare at the beginning and at the end, but within the four years, the CCB does not conduct its investigations immediately.

Who says that someone cannot stand up tomorrow when President Buhari leaves office and says that he did not declare his asset at a particular time?

The court has said that it made a mistake in Tinubu’s case which means another political party can come up tomorrow and pick up Tinubu.

There should be a time frame, not when you wake up any day you just slam anybody, and do you now see the patriotism in what I am doing?” he said.

On the perception that the Bill was informed because of the current trial of President of the Senate by the CCB, Nwaoboshi said that perception would not deter him.

He said that he would not shy away from doing something that was right and patriotic because of what Nigerians would say.

“My duty is to the Nigerian people; we should not leave a sensitive organ like that under the whims and caprices of a politician who is the SGF. It should be left in the hands of the judiciary or the legislature,” he said.

The other bills passed for first reading were In-Vitro Fertilisation Bill 2016, Criminal Injuries Compensation Bill and National Sports Commission Establishment Bill.

Others included Nigeria Football Federation Establishment Bill and Environmental Health Officers Registration Amendment Bill.

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8 Comments

  1. keke driver

    April 13, 2016 at 8:46 am

    “He said that it was out of place for the CCB to prescribe that a political office holder should declare assets at the beginning and end of his tenure “while the bureau decides when to investigate.”……………..ARE YOU KIDDING??

  2. SLA

    April 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

    ‘We want to make it completely neutral, either move it to the judiciary or move it to the National Assembly’…see the paradox in that statement? you want it to be neutral by bringing it under your control, Bukola Saraki will end up digging his own grave at this point.
    They, in conjunction with the Executive are messing up the budget but they can bring up bills to simply favour themselves. Bills protecting women and children, they would throw out of the windows. selfish lots

  3. Ej

    April 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Oh saraki u have guilt, guilt, guilt written allover ur face, I mean this is all kinds of shady hmmm we shall get u

  4. Strit Kredibility

    April 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Who takes Nigerian senators seriously, who in their right senses even give them any benefit of a doubt rather than benefit of a tout. All of them minus 2 are delusional. They flatter to deceive. They are the most bereft, mentally imprisoned, narcissistic, self aggrandizing colony of the unfortunate. Even the ones parading multiples academic degrees are dark in the head. I hold the comedians in higher esteem that the lot. Even Wizkid, Linda and Davido are of greater reckoning that this dull collective. Their collective noun should be A Clownfull of Nigerian Senators. Fiddlesticks

  5. Anthony

    April 13, 2016 at 11:06 am

    These is the same Senate that refused the Equality Act/ Bill for women, now wanting to approve an Act/Bill that stops the persecution of looters on account of time spent?? This is further evidence of why Nigeria has no hope in the near future. The majority of elected leaders are dishonest, dishonourable thieves, with no dignity. The populace that should be up in arms are busy fighting tribal wars on Social Media, whilst their birth right is being stolen under their noses. Nigeria is cursed!!!

    • Whom GOD bless.

      April 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      @Anthony, “”IT IS FINISHED.”” Nigeria is BLESSED! Nigeria is BLESSED! NIGERIA IS BLESSED IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN AND AMEN AND AMEN!

  6. Ready

    April 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Suggestion, BN: Since we advocate strong institutions, not strong people, can we not have Saraki’s face as the main picture on a Senate post?

  7. Whom GOD bless.

    April 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    “”IT IS FINISHED.”” Nigeria is BLESSED! Nigeria is BLESSED! NIGERIA IS BLESSED IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN AND AMEN AND AMEN!

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