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*** Seeks upward review of CCB and CCT Staff

By Henry Umoru, ABUJA

AS part of moves to address the issue of corruption in the country, the Senate yesterday upgraded the salary scale of staff of the Public Complaints Commission ( PCC) from Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure ( CONPASS),  to Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure ( CONLESS).

The Senate is also working to get a special salary scale for staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau ( CBB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT) to be in line with the ones being used for operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and those of the  Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences  Commission ( ICPC).

Speaking yesterday while making presentations of the agency 2022 budget to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, PDP Ondo Central said that the three agencies which the Committee oversights were primarily set up to prevent and fight corruption within the system but grossly incapacitated underfunding on yearly basis and in particular, poor salary structure for their workforce.

Akinyelure said, ” While newly recruited University graduates in Public Complaints Commission ( PCC) collects about N60,000 as monthly salary on grade level 8 step 2, their counterparts in EFCC, collects far higher than that.

“As a way of remedying the demoralising situation, the Senate leadership has approved the upgrade of the PCC salary scale from CONPASS to CONLESS with attendant better packages.

“As I submitted to the Appropriation Committee and earlier request made to the leadership of the Senate, salary scales for operatives of CCB and CCT, will also be upgraded.

“These are very necessary measures to be taken in giving the required bite to war against corruption in line with the policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.”

The Senator who noted that the fact that the three systemic anti-graft agencies are under the control of the Senate and by extension, said that the National Assembly, required appropriations for adequate funding, should be made for them, adding, “President Buhari meant well as far as the war against corruption and by extension, governance is concerned;but policymakers around him, seem not to be on the same page with him.

“Therefore, the National Assembly should step in, by way of Appropriations, giving the required funds to the deserving agencies.”

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