The Senate, yesterday, passed the Code of Conduct (amendment) Bill 2016, with the National Assembly taking over the power to appoint staff of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, from the Presidency.

The Senate carried out an amendment of section 18(1) and (2) of the Act. Section 18 (1) and (2) of the CCB/CCT Act under power of exemption state thus: “The President may by order exempt any cadre of public officers from the provisions of this Act if it appears to him that their position in public service is below the rank which he considers appropriate for the application of those provisions. “The President may by order confer on the Bureau such additional powers as may appear to be necessary to enable it discharge more effectively the functions conferred upon it under this Act”.