Abuja - Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative,
a pro-democracy group, expressed concern at the Senate’s rushing in the
conclusion of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Acts
According to the Executive Director of the group, Gorge Oji,
the amendment process fails all known basic moral test and it raises very
“Fiends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative believes that the
speed at which the senate wants to conclude the amendment process raises very
worrisome suspicion,” he said.
He noted the first bill, which was just laid before the
Senate on Tuesday, had by Thursday already passed the second reading and
committed to the committee stage for public hearing.
Oji added that the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human
Rights, which is to handle the public hearing, was given two seeks to conclude
its work and report back to the senate.
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He said it was expected that when debate on the second bill
commenced this week, the process would assume a similar accelerated approach.
“The intention of the two bills is to whittle down the
powers of both the CCB and CCT,” said Oji.
“No doubt, coming at a time like this, when the Senate
President, Bukola Saraki is currently facing trial before the CCT over
allegations of false assets declaration and money laundering, raises a lot of
suspicion about the sincerity of the lawmakers that the amendment has nothing
to do with the Senate President’s trial.”
He said it would be hard put for the Senate to explain to
Nigerians that the amendment is not self-serving.
“It is wrong to legislate in anger,” said Oji.
not only be altruistic but futuristic.”
Oji said it was unfortunate that the Senate had not accorded
the same kind of urgency it was presently doing in the amendment of the CCB and
CCT act to timely initiation of legislations to support the current
administration’s resolve in stamping out corruption.
- CAJ News