The lower legislative chamber on Thursday justified the passage of a bill seeking to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Speaking during the weekly briefing on the floor of the House, spokesman of the chamber, Abdulrazak Namdas said the passed bill was consolidated in January 2016 from two bills that were presented on the floor of the House in November and December 2015.
According to him, after the bills were consolidated in January, it was debated, passed and referred to Committee on Anti-corruption before the report was considered and passed.
He said: “We have a duty to do justice to all bills and that is what we did with this bill too. People should not allude any negative meaning to it.
“The bill must still get the concurrence of the Senate before it is sent for Presidential assent. Moreover, it is a fact that it cannot operate in retrospect if passed into law.”
On some aspects of the bill, like a clause that removed powers of the Executive to appoint the officials of the Bureau and Tribunal, Namdas said it was not meant to weaken the institutions.
“We are not usurping anybody power, we are only making inputs and it is in the interest of fairness to the country for people to do their work effectively,” he added.
According to him, the Nigerian military cannot be expected to be deployed to all parts of the country at the same time, “By their training, the military is to protect the territorial integrity of the country, but we have them in almost all parts of the country to maintain and restore peace.”
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