Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said the upper legislative chamber will work to create an independent Transparency and Delivery Commission in line with its legislative agenda.
He announced Tuesday, that the commission, when created, will review and improve the oversight systems and tools of the Senate.
He disclosed that the Commission will be led by a working group consisting of a world leading research institute and a partner institute in Nigeria adding that it will also be advised by an internationally acclaimed anti-corruption expert.
“The independent Commission will work closely with the Senate and the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes to draw up a robust oversight scheme and strengthen the internal structuring and capacity of the National Assembly to fulfil its role as an anti-corruption institution”, he said.
Giving insight into the working of the commission, Saraki said its work will be two-fold. “Initially, it will concentrate on analyzing the processes and tools by which the Senate and the National Assembly, in general can, using its legislative remit, assist the anti-corruption agenda of President (Muhammadu) Buhari and more specifically strengthen the institutions through legislative reforms”, he noted.
The Senate President also some medium-term goals the commission will be expected to deliver on as well as fashion out better ways of working within the Senate and to ensure that it meets the highest global standards, including the newly announced Commonwealth Secretariat anti-corruption ‘kitemark’ system.
“Specifically”, he said, “the group will: map out how the Senate could use its oversight tools to act as a catalyst for greater transparency and anti-corruption in other parts of the Nigerian state both at the Federal and State Levels; assess how the Nigerian Senate functions as a scrutiny and policy making body and how it can improve in this role; undertake a review of the mechanisms of the Nigerian senate and identify areas for improvement in senate efficiency in implementing its legislative agenda and its anti-corruption capacity, and, look at international and regional examples of best practice – such as the Commonwealth Secretariat ‘kitemark’ – and suggest tangible reforms the Nigeria Senate could implement to improve transparency and the policy delivery process internally and across government”.