By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Centre for Information, Technology and development (CITAD) has called on Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State not to assent to the bill passed last Wednesday by the House of Assembly, repealing a law enacted in 2017 to recover public property siphoned by government’s officials.
CITAD Programme Officer in Bauchi, Mohammed Chiroma Hassan made the call at a press conference in Bauchi, saying repealing the law is a sensitive issue that affects the lives and economy of people in the state.
According to him, the repealing of the law should not be done without subjecting it to public hearing, adding that the Centre was shocked by the action of the Bauchi lawmakers to repeal a law that gives room to public officers being investigated who might have misappropriated state funds.
CITAD therefore, called on reasonable and responsible stakeholders in the state to condemn the bill openly.
It would be recalled that Bauchi State House of Assembly Wednesday 15th May, 2019 passed a bill for a law to repeal the State Public Property and Funds Recovery Law 2017 which seeks to investigate and prosecute public officers suspected to have siphoned public funds and property.
In the same vein, Bauchi State Network for Civil Societies (BASNEC) has called on Governor Mohammed Abubakar to decline assent to the bill passed by the House to repeal the Public Property and Funds Recovery law 2017.
BASNEC Secretary General, Comrade Sadiq Sadiq said in a statement in Bauchi weekend that the network is geared to improve civic participation through advocacy and synergy of civil society actors for good governance and prudence management of public property.
According to the statement, the idea to repeal the law is against the interest of people of Bauchi state, and contradicts section 15, subsection 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“It says the states shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power which is in line with the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari administration”.
It could also be recalled that the bill for recover of public property was presented was in 2017 presented to the House by the Executive Arm of Government which was passed and assented to by Governor Mohammed Abubakar.
“The law was enacted to serve as deterrent to whoever misappropriate public property or siphon public funds in the state.
A member of the House representing Bula/Lere state constituency, Hon. Mohammed Aminu Tukur who opposed to the passage of the bill said, “It’s unfortunate that 13 members out 31 Members we’re called secretly converged in the House out of the usual time which was 11am but the sitting commenced 9 am on Wednesday to pass the bill into law.