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CSOs to Ninth NASS: Give teeth to fight against graft

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From Jonas Ike, Abuja

Civil Society Organisations CSOs on Wednesday called on the Senate President Sen.Dr. Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker, House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to ensure that the 9th National Assembly under their leadership give fight against corruption all the necessary legal backing to succeed.
Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC, Mr Auwal Ibrahim Musa,the MC Arthur Foundation and other CSOs made the appeal at a one day workshop organised by journalists with the theme: Fight Against Corruption: Setting Agenda for the 9th House.
The CISLAC boss called on the National Assembly leaders to effectively carry out oversight duties on the Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs of government so that they can gain the confidence of Nigerians and change the negative public perception of the legislature.
He called on the legislature to complement the Executive and Judicial arms of government in fighting corruption adding that it would help in extrication of Nigeria from the corruption it is currently enmeshed in.
He therefore charged the two presiding officers of the apex legislature to ensure that they mainstream their anti-corruption stand so that they can gain the confidence of Nigerians.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Oladapo Olajide of the MC Arthur Foundation said that the National Assembly is in a good position to drive the anti-corruption agencies out of business.
He also called on the leaders of the apex parliament to pay attention to the issue of audited reports in the MDAs and added that the next four years should help us in the fight against graft
He hinted that a 2017 NEITI report has brought into the public domain that there is a whopping $20,000000000 unspent funds in MDAs of the federal government.

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