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We were doing our job: Reps defend amendment of CCT and CCB Act


We were doing our job: Reps defend amendment of CCT and CCB Act

Following criticisms that trailed the passage of a bill seeking to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act by House of Representatives, the lower chamber on Thursday said the exercise was done without any intention to favour any individual.

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There were comments that the bill that was dropped by the Senate was designed to aid Senate President Bukola Saraki in his ongoing trial at the CCT.

The House Spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas, while speaking during weekly press briefing on Thursday said the House was aware that if passed into to law, the bill cannot operate retrospectively.

Besides, the passed bill was consolidated in January from two bills that were presented on the floor of the House in November and December 2015, he noted.

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.

“The passage of this bill should be seen in the light of doing our job.”

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