NLC calls for abolition of security vote, immunity

NLC calls for abolition of security vote, immunity
July 19 21:41 2016

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called 
for the abolition of security vote for the
president and governors in the country.
The president of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said on
Tuesday in Abuja that security vote had
become an avenue for siphoning public funds.
“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,” he said.
“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 budgeted 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 deputy, governors
and their deputies be prosecuted for criminal
offences.

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 that immunity was
hindering the fight against corruption and
decried a situation whereby political office
holders could not be prosecuted for criminal
offence.
He 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.

Mr. Wabba said that 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)