The bill is to make accessible assets and liabilities declared by public office holders.
The amendment prescribes that any past or serving public office holder whose assets were declared with the Code of Conduct Bureau were made available for inspection at such terms and condition stipulated.
It also seeks to make the leave (permission) of the Bureau necessary for a public officer to maintain or operate a bank account outside Nigeria.
The bill also seeks to delete proviso to Section 18(1) by enacting an amended section 18(2).
The bill was co-sponsored by Emmanuel Jime (PDP-Benue), Udoh Ibeji (PDP-Abia) and Faparusi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti).
Leading debate on the general principle of the bill, Jime the lead sponsor, said that the bill, if passed, would encourage and ensure transparency and accountability by public office holders.
“If this bill is eventually passed into law, it will establish the legal framework which has been missing in the provisions of Section 3(c) of the Code of Conduct and Tribunal Act.
“It will also offer a procedure for records of assets and liabilities declaration for public office holders to become more public and accessible to all members of the Nigerian public,” he said.
“As legislators we owe it to our constituents and we owe it to posterity the duty of passing proactive legislations.
“Let us not forget that as part of the 2011 and 2013 legislative agenda of this House, our responsibility is to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the federation.
“Therefore, our legislative intervention is supposed to give priority to high impact, people centred legislation linked to service delivery and the ultimate attainment of the Millennium Development Goals”, he said.
Jime cited countries in Latin America, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile among others that had created electronic platforms for publishing information about government officials personal asserts.
He urged members to support the second reading of the bill to curb corruption and encourage more transparency and accountability in governance.
Supporting the bill, Rep. Ibeji and Rep. Bamidele argued that the amendment sought would enhance the job of the bureau as the “watchdog” of public officers.
Rep. Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta) and Rep. Aishatu Ahmed (PDP-Adamawa) also supported the proposed legislation.
The bill was not opposed and the Speaker, Rep. Aminu Tambuwal, referred it to the Committee on Anti- Corruption and National Ethics and Values for more legislative input.
Meanwhile, the House has approved the Nigerian Communication Commission 2013 budget of N 61.3 billon.
The approval was sequel to the consideration of the report of the House Committee on Communications.
The budget is made up of N14 billion recurrent vote and seven billion naira for transfer to the Federation Account.
The capital and special projects have a budget of N19 billion, while an additional five billion naira was expected to be transferred from reserves.
Transfer to the universal Service fund was allocated N 10 billion. (NAN)
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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