Reps amend CCT, CCB Acts
The House of Representatives yesterday took significant steps towards whittling down the influence of the Presidency by considering and passing ten amendments to the Code of Conduct Bureau and Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act.
Of note in the amendment to Section 3 of the Act is “in the event of any breach or where it appears to the Bureau that there is a breach of the provision or this Act, the person concerned shall be given particulars of such non compliance or breaches to explain before any reference to the tribunal.”
By amending this section, the CCB would not have powers to immediately refer a matter to the CCT as was obtainable in the subsisting Act.
The House also amended Section 1 (4), which made provision for “the office of the Chairman and members shall serve for a term of five years subject to renewal for one further term only.”
Section 4 (2) was also amended to substitute the word “President” with “the National Assembly” as the body to appoint members of staff of the Bureau and exercise disciplinary control over them.