NLC calls for abolition of security vote, immunity




“All monies to be spent should be transparently
budget for, including the so-called security vote, so
that it can be tracked, to prevent corruption.”
Also, Wabba called for the removal of the immunity
clause from the constitution to enable the president,
his vice, governors and their deputies to be
prosecuted for a criminal offence
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called
for the abolition of security vote for the president
and governors in the country.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, told the News
Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja that
security vote had become an avenue for
siphoning public funds.
Wabba said: “The issue of security vote is
another form of corruption.
“In fact, there was a particular state which took
N1 billion in one month as security vote.
“It is an avenue for corruption.
“In good governance, all monies spent by
government are budgeted and transparently
applied.
“That is what happens in other spheres.
“So for our sake, the issue of security vote
should be done away with.
“All monies to be spent should be transparently
budget for, including the so-called security vote,
so that it can be tracked, to prevent corruption.”
Also, Wabba called for the removal of the
immunity clause from the constitution to enable
the president, his vice, governors and their
deputies to be prosecuted for a criminal offence.
He noted that such political leaders in other parts
of the world do not enjoy immunity against
criminal prosecution, adding that Nigeria should
not be an exception.
The NLC president said immunity was hindering
the fight against corruption and decried a
situation where political office holders could not
be prosecuted for criminal offence.
Wabba said: “Even after they leave office, they
use their influence and resources they have
accumulated to frustrate prosecution.
“I have seen cases that lasted for eight to 14
years and were inconclusive.
“Some of these cases outlived the life of the
administration that started the probe, due to this
particular challenge.
“There are some cases that started before the
administration of former President Olusegun
Obansajo, till now it is still ongoing.
Wabba said nobody should be given immunity
against criminal prosecution while in office.
He, therefore, stressed the need to review the
constitution to address loopholes that gave room
for some political leaders to steal the
commonwealth.
NAN.

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