Senate kicks as CCT treats 30 cases in 10 months | Dailytrust

Senate kicks as CCT treats 30 cases in 10 months

Justice Danladi Umar
Justice Danladi Umar

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has flayed the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for failing to treat all the corruption cases referred to it by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). 

The CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, while appearing before the committee to defend his agency’s 2022 budget, had said only 30 cases had been concluded and determined out of the 257 referred to the Tribunal by CCB this year.  

He said: “We’ve not been able to deal with all the cases referred to us due to underfunding. The CCT is only one body and we’ve to go to different places in the country. If we have other divisions of the Tribunal in the six geopolitical zones, it’d reduce the enormity of our work here in Abuja. We cannot be everywhere.”

But the chairman of the committee, Senator Patrick Ayo Akinyelure, said the agency underperformed not only because of underfunding but also because it failed to effectively utilise all funds given to it. 

The sum of N232m was appropriated for CCT in 2021 out of which N174.2m was released, according to the document submitted to the panel. 

The document further showed that only N164.7m was utilised, leaving an unspent balance of N9.45m. 

Responding, the CCT chairman said his agency could not utilise all its allocations due to cumbersome procurement process.

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