Nigerians May Soon Have The Power To Appoint EFCC Chairman
Get ready! You might soon be called upon to appoint the next EFCC chairman.
Few hours after the Senate rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the EFCC, the House of Reps is seeking to remove the power to appoint the Chairman of the EFCC from the President.
The House of Representatives moved on Wednesday to strengthen the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to fight corruption by proposing fresh amendments to the EFCC Act, 2004.
The lawmakers want to insulate the anti-graft agency from the influence of the executive, enhance its financial autonomy, prescribe tougher penalties for stealing public money and create a special court for speedy trial of cases.
Four consolidated bills seeking to further empower the commission, passed second reading at a session presided over by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.
One of the key amendments seeks to remove the power of appointing the chairman of the EFCC from the President, to be vested directly in the hands of Nigerians.
Under the extant provisions, the President appoints the chairman and forwards the name to the Senate for approval.