07 August 2020 by James Itodo
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege says the National Assembly is working on strengthening the country’s anti-graft laws.
Senator Omo-Agege stated this
in Abuja while receiving representatives of the Good Leadership Advocacy for
Africa (GLAFA) in his office.
He emphasized that the Ninth Assembly would continue to give President Muhammadu Buhari the necessary support in his fight against corruption.
Omo-Agege who doubles as the Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, pointed out that this explains why the National Assembly intervenes whenever some government agencies appear to be veering off the normal course.
According to him: “Talking about corruption, there has been an argument that we should make more laws and make punishments more stringent. Of course, there is also a school of thought which argues that we have enough laws but that we need to create incentives for those who are doing the investigations, arrests and prosecution so that they can see this as a really worthwhile effort without any top official hindering their work.
“Reassurances will go a long way to help but indeed there are lacunae that can be addressed with new laws like what we have done with the Sexual Harassment Bill because it was becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to prosecute crimes in that area as it was difficult to have the victim step forward for obvious reasons.
“Our job at the National Assembly is to assist President Buhari in strengthening these institutions, knowing full well that he will not be here forever, the National Assembly is therefore strengthening the anti-corruption laws including the EFCC, ICPC enabling Acts among others”.
The federal lawmaker expressed appreciation for the organisation’s acknowledgement that the National Assembly leadership were not involved in the corruption being uncovered at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other government agencies.
According to Senator Omo-Agege, the National Assembly leadership is determined to ensure the success of the Buhari administration, even as he urged Nigerians to rally round the President
Earlier, leader of the team and President of GLAFA, Dr. O’Diakpo Obire, frowned at the alleged financial misappropriation rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He commended the National Assembly for its probe on the agency.
He also commended the Deputy President of the Senate for sponsoring 19 bills within his first year in the Ninth Senate.
Dr. Obire explained that with over 10,000 membership strength across 54 African Nations, at the core of GLAFA’s mandate is the promotion of good governance and quality leadership on the continent.