House of Representatives yesterday considered and passed 10 amendments to the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Senate on April 20, 2016, was forced to suspend the amendments to the CCB, CCT Act due to public outcry.
Generating controversy particularly is the amendment to Section 3 of the Act to add paragraph (e), which says “upon complaint(s) of any breach or where it appears to the bureau that there is a breach of the provision or this Act, the person concerned shall be given particulars of such non-compliance or breaches to explain before any reference to the tribunal.”
By amending this section, the CCB would not have powers to immediately refer a matter to the CCT which was what has been obtainable in the Act.
At the time the Senate passed it for second reading, the presiding officer, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu stated that the amendment had nothing to do with Saraki’s trial at the CCT.
The House also amended section 1 (4) which was deleted and replaced with “the chairman and members shall serve for a term of five years subject to renewal for one further term only.”
Section 4 (2) was also amended to substitute the word ‘President’ with ‘the National Assembly’ as the one to appoint staff of the Bureau and exercise disciplinary control over them.