Senate to launch transparency commission
The Nigerian Senate is to inaugurate an independent Transparency and Delivery Commission (TDC), as part of measures to review and improve the oversight systems and tools of the Senate.
The measures which was in line with the Legislative Agenda approved by the Senate, was announced by the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki, according to a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Communication), Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Olaniyonu disclosed in the statement that the Commission would be led by a working group consisting of a world leading research institution and a partner institute in Nigeria with an internationally acclaimed anti-corruption expert acting as the advisor.
It is expected that the independent Commission will work closely with the Senate and the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes to draw up a robust oversight scheme and strengthen the internal structuring and capacity of the National Assembly to fulfill its role as an anti-corruption institution.
“The Commission’s work will be two-fold. Initially it will concentrate on analysing the processes and tools by which the Senate and the National Assembly in general can, using its legislative remit, assist the anti-corruption agenda of President Buhari and more specifically strengthen the institutions through legislative reforms”, he stated.
Besides, the Commission would offer recommendations on better ways of working within the Senate as well as ensure that it meets the highest global standards including “the newly announced Commonwealth Secretariat anti-corruption ‘kitemark’ system.”
In particular, the Commission is to map out how the Senate could use its oversight tools to act as a catalyst for greater transparency and anti-corruption in other parts of the Nigerian state both at the Federal and State Levels.
Also, it would assess how the Senate functions as a scrutiny and policy making body and how it can improve on this role.
Similarly, the TDC will undertake a review of the mechanisms of the Nigerian senate and identify areas for improvement in senate efficiency in implementing its legislative agenda and its anti-corruption capacity.
They are also to look at international and regional examples of best practice – such as the Commonwealth Secretariat ‘kitemark’ – and suggest tangible reforms the Nigeria Senate could implement to improve transparency and the policy delivery process internally and across government.