PMB To Declare Open NASS Anti-Corruption Seminar Tuesday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 declare open a two-day seminar aimed at formulating a legislative framework for the anti-corruption fight in the country.

The seminar, which is being organised by the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Anti-Corruption, is themed “The role of the legislature in the fight against corruption in Nigeria” and it is the first major event jointly organised by both chambers of the 8th National Assembly since their inauguration in June 2015.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, will co-host the anti-corruption seminar.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Mr. Chuks Okocha, a copy of which was sent to LEADERSHIP on Monday, quoted the chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption, Senator Chukwuma Utazi, as saying that: “the seminar is to give legal strength to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration and to create legislative synergy for the anti-corruption fight.”

“The seminar is aimed at making good the promise of the National Assembly that we are on the same page with the President Buhari led administration and in line with the legislative agenda,  that there is a synergy between the National Assembly and the Presidency in the fight against corruption. It is to reaffirm the point that you cannot clap with one hand. It is our way of saying that there must be a legislative strength to back the anti corruption stance of the present administration,” Utazi added.

According to e statement, the keynote address at the seminar will be delivered by Prof. P.L.O. Lumumba, Director-General of the Kenyan Law School, who is also an international scholar on the issues of corruption.

Other topics slated for discussion include “the Legislature as Champion of Anti-Corruption Reforms Leveraging ‎ Constitutional Mandates” under the chairmanship of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba; with the Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah; Eze Onyechere of the Centre for Social Justice and Adetokumbo Mumuni of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) as panelists.

Also slated for discussion at the  seminar is the “Reform of the Anti-Corruption Legal Framework /International Partnership Against Corruption; Nigeria’s Membership of FAFT in Focus” under the Chairmanship of the Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu ‎Waziri Tambuwal with Hon. Pwajok Edward Gyang (SAN), Prof. Deji Adekunle, Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Femi Falana (SAN), Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of EFCC and Prof. Shehu Abdulahi, former Director of GIABA as panelists.

On the second day of the seminar, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Agunwa Anaekwe will serve as  chairman of the panel discussion, titled, “Appropriation Process and Limits of Legislative Powers” while, Hon. West Idahosa,  Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Prof. Sam Egwu of the Political Science Department, University of Jos, Prof. Chidi Onyia and Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, a Director of CISLAC will serve as panelists.

Other topics slated for discussion include “Consensus Building in the Fight Against Corruption; Making the Arms of Government Accountable” under the chairmanship of Katsina State a Governor,  Aminu Bello Masari with Hon. Pally Iriase, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Idayat Hassan,  Director, Centre for Democracy and Development and Hon. Ismaila Kawu as panelists. The topic slated for discussion is “the Legislature and the Civil Society; Making the Feedback Count” under the chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu with Prof. Etanbi Alemika of PACAC, Hon. Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen and Yemi Adamolekun of Enough is Enough (EIE) as members of the panel.

The last topic slated for discussion is titled “Fighting Corruption at the State and Local Government Levels” under the chairmanship of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmad Idris, with Senator Sam Egwu, speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC),  Ekpo Nta, Prof. Sadiq Isah Raddah of PACAC, Mr. Debo Adeniran, Director of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) and Prof. Malachy Okwueze of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Department of Economics.

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