Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has taken over the mandate to lead the fight against corruption, in line with the dictates of the Constitution, especially as it affects government agencies.
Recall, that since President Muhamamdu Buhari jetted out of the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has not been making any arrests or discovering looted funds.
This resolution came as the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, drew the attention of his colleagues to the abnormality during plenary on Tuesday, where government agencies failed to submit their budget for appropriation.
Na’Allah told the Senate, that he intends to bring the issue to the floor as a motion, so that Senators will understand the implications and the need to assist the government to fight corruption.
“I deliberately decided that I will bring it on the floor, so that Senators will understand the implications”, Na’Allah said.
“In our commitment to assist this government to fight corruption, we must stand on our feet that every spirit of our law must be obeyed by those holding public offices. I think that if you permit me, I will like to come tomorrow by way of motion, so it can be debated on the floor of the Senate.”
Na’Allah added that: “The only approach this Senate can take to assist this government in fighting corruption, is to insist that gross abuse of power and misuse of power must be stopped by every government agency. The only way we can build our institutions is to radically address the issue of abuse of power and misuse of power. I think that if you give me permission, I will like to bring it tomorrow as a motion.”
Saraki, while ruling on the point of order, expressed displeasure over the failure by most government agencies to submit their 2017 budget proposals to the National Assembly for consideration and approval. The Senate President condemned the practice where agencies of government spend money without statutory approval by the National Assembly, and ruled that the issue be debated, and resolution taken by the Senate, on Wednesday.