Saraki absent as Senate moves to review CCB, CCT Act



The Senate yesterday began legislative moves to review the Code of Bureau (CCB) and the Conduct Tribunal (CCT) by initiating amendment to the Code of Conduct‎ Act to “ensure the fair hearing for the accused” as well as restricting the CCT from adjudicating on criminal matters.

The second reading of the Bill, tagged “Code of Conduct Act Cap C15 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016,” was done yesterday on the floor of the red chamber in the absence of its President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who abstained for undisclosed reasons.

His deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the session, however, explained that the amendment ‎was not intended to influence Saraki’s trial for alleged false declaration of assets.

The controversial legislation, which was introduced and went through first reading last Tuesday, is sponsored by Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North).

Leading the debate on the general principles of the bill earlier, Nwaoboshi explained that: “‎The amendment of Section 3 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act is to give every public officer appearing before the Bureau fair hearing as provided for under Section 36 (2)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).”

The proposed amendment reads:‎ “‎The functions of the Bureau shall be to –

(a) receive asset declarations by officers in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

(b) take and retain custody of such asset declarations; and

(c) examine the asset declarations and ensure that they comply with the requirements of this Act and of any Law for the time being in force if otherwise the Bureau shall invite the public officer concerned and take down his statement in writing.

(d) receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of this Act and where the Bureau having regard to any statement taken or to be taken after such subsequent complaint is made considers it necessary to do so, investigate the complaint and where appropriate refer such complaints to the Code of Conduct Tribunal established by Section 20 of this Act and the Constitution in accordance with the provisions of Sections 20 to 25 of this Act.”

Lawmakers, who contributed to the debate, hailed the proposal and called on the chamber to speedily pass the bill in order to restructure the CCB and CCT for optimal performance.

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  • Yomi

    Bukola omo Saraki, warrior extraordinaire

    • oluseyi awosanya

      Sorry, I don’t see him as a warrior……he is something else.

  • onwus

    OK oOoooo we hear una, na dt one dey important pass abi?

  • Horsepower

    Folks, I think the ammendment being worked on by the 8th Senate, as read above has nothing sinister to be worried about. Giving chance for fair hearing is ok.

    • Femi

      They know that as long as Nigeria is populated by citizens like you, anything can fly. Ride on.

      • Damilola

        If sincerely you think it’s a wrong step, one has to beware the the supposed patriots

  • Uchamma

    It’s a pseudo gag to the powers of the CCT. Why now, if I may ask? There are 1001 other issues that requires the urgent attention of the Senate, but they will not do that except to give themselves ‘fair-hearing’ when caught. What are they doing about the Petroleum Industry Bill they refused to pass for ages? What are they doing about resisting the disability law that was passed but denied assent by Jonathan? Those who take lawmaking as lucrative business will wake up one day and discover it is now a voluntary service to fatherland.

  • Ozobuiwem

    But why in the absence of the Senate president. No problem, Nigerians are watching.