Delay of Trials, Corruption: EU, UNODC to Assist CCT Develop Code of Ethics, Directions
A two-day round-table consultative process to develop ‘Practice Directions and a Code of Ethics’ to address the challenge of delays of trials before Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), and improve integrity amongst its staff, has been scheduled for between July 11-12 in Abuja.
The two days’ event organized by CCT, with support from the European Union-funded, is tagged, “Support to Anti-corruption in Nigeria.” The Project would be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
A statement issued and posted to our correspondent by Outreach and Communications Officer, UNODC, Mr Sylvester Tunde Atere, stressed that the development of “these two policy documents are contained in the strategic plan of the CCT. The two days’ event, which holds from July 11-12 in Abuja, will also feature the handover of books to the Tribunal by the project.
“CCT has since its inception, been using several rules of procedure, including the Code of Conduct Tribunal Rules of Procedure, supplemented by the Criminal Procedure Code Act and the Penal Code Act, which have now been repealed. Some procedural challenges have been encountered by the Tribunal, which have affected its proceedings, resulting in delays in the disposal of cases.
“Developing a Code of Ethics for the Tribunal is aimed at promoting efficient administration and good governance; creating a culture of accountability, openness and transparency in implementing its mandate,” it added.
The statement further stressed that the Tribunal, established in 1989, was empowered by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to adjudicate over cases emanating from violation of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.