The senate has amended the act establishing the Code of Conduct Tribunal. At the plenary presided by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, the senators passed 14 amendments to the Act.
According to The Cable, the senate amended section 3 of the Act thus: “Upon complaint(s) 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.”
This implies that the CCB cannot immediately refer a matter to the CCT without giving a public officer a notice; one of the contentions of Saraki.
Section 1 (4) which was expunged, and replaced with “the chairman and members shall serve for a term of five years subject to renewal for one further term only”.
Section 4 (2) was amended to substitute the word “president” with “the national assembly” as the one to confer powers on the bureau and the tribunal.
The senate fixed the age of entry to the bureau at 50, and the number of members of the tribunal to sit in judgment on a case at three.
Also the senate recommended 5 years imprisonment and N5 million penalty for anyone found guilty of sexual harrassment. The recommendation was made during the debate on the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Bill.