NLC wants security votes for President, govs scrapped
The Nigeria Labour Congress 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. “The issue of security vote is another form of corruption; in fact, there was a particular state which took N1bn 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, Waba called for the removal of the immunity clause from the constitution, to enable the president, the vice-president, governors and their deputies to be prosecuted for a criminal offence. He noted that such political leaders in other parts of the world did 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 Obasanjo till now, it is still ongoing. Waba 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.