Organized Labour has warned and faulted moves by the Senate to amend the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that it is not only dangerous to the fight against corruption but also such move is self-serving.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, asking him to use his good office and position to urgently request the Senate to withdraw amendments to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal Act.
According to the petition, if the amendment is passed into law, it would seriously weaken the Act, undermine the fight against corruption in the country, exacerbate extreme poverty and violations of international recognized human rights.
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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba in a statement contends that it was intriguing that it took the trial of the Senate President for the Senate to discover that there were flaws in the law setting up the CCB and CCT. He said, “In furtherance of its objective, the Senate fast-tracked the process of its amendment for the removal of the jurisdictional powers of CCT on criminal matters via the amendment of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act at both two stages of readings (first and second) within 48 hours.
He said, “We at the Labour Congress hold the view that the noble intention of the Senate notwithstanding, the timing is suspected, self-serving and fraught with danger”.