- CCB has said that some public officers refused to declare their assets
- The law stipulates that anybody who holds political office must declare his/her assets
- Governor Makinde of Oyo state had publicly made his assets worth of N47billion known
The level of compliance with the declaration of assets by public office holders in Nigeria is not encouraging at all, the the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has declared.
TheCable reports that the chairman of the bureau, Mohammed Isah, disclosed this when he featured on NAN Forum in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that he, however, said there was an improvement from what it used to be in time past, adding that there is need for all public officers to know that they are duty bound to declare their assets.
He said: “What we met that used to be the level of compliance has now risen to a certain level, the nature of the subject that we are expected to cover is too wide.
“Under part two of the fifth schedule of the 1999 constitution provides that from the president, vice president, governors, deputy governors, members of the National Assembly, members of House of Assembly, ministers, commissioners and all chairmen of all parastatals and agencies of federal and state governments, Military, Police, Immigration, Customs, Prisons, political office holders and all federal, states and local government civil servants all of them are public officers.
Isha noted that the bureau's main predicament is the issue of enlightenment people have little or no knowledge about their obligations or relations to compliance to with the Code of Conduct for public officers.
On the issue of accessing information as declared by public officers, the chairman said the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act provides that an individual, such as a private person, would be given access to such document.
“If anybody wishes to access information as declared by a public officer in the custody of the bureau, the law has laid down conditions precedent for that particular individual as a private person to access that information. The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) is very clear and is very explicit in relation to this," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the CCB began verification of the asset declaration submitted by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state.
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