- Former INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has declared that Nigerian National Assembly is the most corrupt arm of government
- He said that some chairmen of committees at the National Assembly are notorious for seeking for bribes
- The former INEC umpire also noted that attention should be focused on strengthening electoral integrity and deepening democracy
The former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has accused members of the National Assembly of being the most corrupt in the arm of government by seeking for bribes to carry out their constitutional duties.
Daily Trust reports that he disclosed this on Monday, May 28, while delivering this year’s Democracy Day lecture at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja themed, “Peace Building and Good Governance for Sustainable Development in Nigeria.”
“Some chairmen of committees at the National Assembly are notorious for seeking for bribes. I spoke to quite a number of chief executives who complained of high demand for bribes from members of the National Assembly in the name of the so-called oversight functions,” Jega said.
NAIJ.com gathered that Jega said that Nigeria needs to develop capacity, institutions, structures and processes of peace building for sustainable development domestically.
“Ultimately, attention has to be focused on strengthening electoral integrity and deepening democracy, as the framework for engendering good democratic governance in our country,” he said.
He also called for more roles for women and youths, saying that despite some efforts, Nigeria is still lagging behind some African countries.
The event was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara; chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Gida Mustapha; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, interior minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and other top government personalities.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has revealed that senators receive salary and allowances of N1.06 million every month.
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