Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
House of Representatives on Tuesday, considered and passed ten amendments to the Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal Acts.
Senate had earlier shelved same amendments due to the ongoing trial on false asset declaration of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, following a public outcry.
Section 3 of the CCB Act was amended to include 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 noncompliance or breaches to explain before any reference to the tribunal”.
By amending the section, the CCB would no longer have powers to immediately refer a matter to the CCT, without first giving the accused person opportunity to respond.
At the time the Senate passed it for second reading, the presiding officer, Deputy Senate, Ike Ekweremadu had stated that amendment had nothing to do with Saraki’s trial at the CCT.
The House also amended Section 1 (4) of the CCB Act, 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) of the Act was also amended to substitute the word “President” with “the National Assembly” as the one to appoint members of staff of the Bureau and exercise disciplinary control over them amongst others.