Sunday, April 17, 2016

Code of Conduct Bureau and Code of Conduct Tribunal amendment bill is dead on arrival- Senator Kabir Marafa


Senator Kabir Marafa

Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central) yesterday faulted the bill seeking the amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal, saying it is dead on arrival. 
The bill sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP Delta North), tagged, “a bill for an Act to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Cap C15,LFN,2004; and other related matters,” passed through first  and second reading in 48 hours.

In an interview, Marafa described the move to amend the Act as “a display of crass ignorance of legislative work and a waste of tax payers money. 
“I am not surprised at all, I cautioned Nigerians against this. You can also recall my comments on DPO, Juicy Check Points and posting and lately my call on the leadership of the Senate to respect the ranking rules (order 3 (2 i-iv)) the chickens are now coming home to roost. What happened in the Senate last week was a combination of all of the above propelled by blind naked ambition! Why most senators worked out or refused to oppose the bill(s) is hinged on two factors; Ekweremadu presiding and many senators didn’t want to waste their time arguing none issues! All the three proposed bills fall under constitutional amendment and not act of the National Assembly, “he said. 
According to him, there is a plan to amend Section 308 of the constitution through a bill. 
“The third bill is contemplating to enlarge the immunity clause. Section 308 (3) is very clear! So let no Nigerian lose sleep over this issue, it is dead on arrival, even though it’s unfortunate that an issue like this can even be listed and given accelerated hearing in the hallowed chamber presided over by a senior lawyer, “he said. 
 
Source: Daily Trust

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