Code of Conduct Bureau directs civil servants to declare assets
Public servants have been advised by the Code of Conduct Bureau in Gombe state to declare their assets as part of constitutional requirement. This information came in on Tuesday through the bureau Director in the state, Mr Panyi Baira.
It can be recalled that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen was docked by the CCT for non-declaration of assets.
The government consequently filed six charges of non and fraudulent declaration of assets against the head of the country’s judicial arm, accusing him of asset declaration offences.
In a statement made by the Mr Panyi to news men, he said asset declaration is a constitutional requirement which has to be fulfilled by every civil servant as required by the law.
According to him, a few civil servants and public office holders reacted positively to the requirements of asset declaration.
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He said “The law says career civil servants must declare once after each and every four years, but for political office holders, they must declare their assets when they assume office and when they leave, be it elective or appointed.”
The director advised against over-declaration and under-declaration of assets, pointing out that failure to declare assets can result to confiscation by Court of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
He added that the bureau was established to ensure high level of responsibility transparency and high level of ethics in government business.
By Todimu Ogunade…
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