Nigerian Senate passes 5 anti-graft bills
The Nigerian Senate passed another landmark bill that helps Nigeria in its current fight against corruption on Thursday.
The bill which is known as the Federal Audit Service Commission, according to the Senate President, will help to establish a more independence Office of the Audit0r-General of the Federation that will be able to carry out forensic audits of all revenues that accrues to the Federation and grant the Ofice unfettered access to the books of agencies and parastatals.
This Bill also establishes the Federal Audit Service Commission; repeals the outdated Audit Act of 1956, and establishes a new legislative framework that will help to bring a new level of accountability and probity in the finances of the government by blocking the various leakages that exist.
Other bills passed are:
- Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill
- The Whistleblower Protection Bill
- The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill
- The Witness Protection Bill
Saraki who is very impressed with the progress made so far by the Senate said: “I must say that it is commendable that the National Assembly is the sponsors and movers of this very important Bill that has been outdated for many years. Additionally, with our passage of several anti-corruption Bills, we have gone a long way in this administration in our fight against corruption.
“Moving forward, we will work to get this Bill in a timely manner to Mr. President for his assent, and we will continue to play our part in this fight against corruption for the sake our country.”