President Buhari to open National Assembly anti-corruption seminar

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

In line with the anti-corruption stance of his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari, will on Tuesday 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 has as its theme: ‘The role of the legislature in the fight against corruption in Nigeria’ and the seminar is the first major event jointly organised by both chambers of the 8th National Assembly since inauguration in June 2015.

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

According to the Senate Committee Chairman on Anti Corruption, Senator Chukwuma Utazi, “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 said.

The keynote address of 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 at the seminar include “the Legislature as Champion of Anti-Corruption Reforms Leveraging ‎ Constitutional Mandates” under the chairmanship of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba with the House of Representatives Leader, 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.