The deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that the National Assembly is working on strengthening the country’s laws.
Speaking in Abuja while receiving representatives of the Good Leadership Advocacy For Africa (GLAFA) to his office on Friday, Omo- Agege said the 9th National
Assembly would continue to give President Muhammadu Buhari the necessary support in his fight against corruption.
Omo-Agege, who doubles as the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, pointed out that this explains why the National Assembly intervenes whenever some government agencies appear to be veering off the normal course.
He said: “Talking about corruption, there has been an argument that we should make more laws and make punishments more stringent. Of course, there is a school of thought which argues that we have enough laws, but that we need to create incentives for those who are doing the investigations, arrests and prosecution, so that they can see this as a really worthwhile effort without any top official hindering their work.
“Reassurances will go a long way to help, but, indeed, there are lacunae that can be addressed with new laws like what we have done with the Sexual Harassment Bill because it was becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to prosecute crimes in that area, as it was difficult to have the victim step forward for obvious reasons.
“Our job at the National Assembly is to assist President Buhari in strengthening these institutions, knowing well that he will not be here forever. The National Assembly is strengthening the anti-corruption laws including the EFCC, ICPC enabling acts, among others.”