NDDC HEARING SOME LESSONS LEARNED ….NEED FOR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ETHICS RULES THAT PREVENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST….
NDDC Acting MD, Pondei collapsed as he couldn’t answer questions on looting of billions of NDDC fund during House of Reps hearing.
Nigeria is now a season movie.
The chair of the House Committee on Niger Delta finally recused himself, albeit a bit late and only when he sensed embarrassment. And he didn’t fully explain his recusal….Conflict of interest.
Recall that Pondei had on Thursday questioned the credibility of the House Committee chair saying Tunji-Ojo was corrupt (to be proved) and had benefited from award of contracts in the commission. On the second charge of having benefitted from NDDC contracts, Tunji_Ojo ought to have right from the beginning declared this conflict of interest to the house. But he continued until he sensed disgrace.
Ideally, each house of the National assembly ought to have Ethics rules governing legislators which require the disclosure of matters that may create a conflict of interest or present the appearance of a conflict, such as if a lawmaker has financial interest in the matter being investigated. It looks obvious we do not have such rules…or that we dont think them necessary.
We should have such laws and it’s the legislature that should pass such laws….if they want to change the prevailing negative perception