Civil Servants and public office holders, who works at federal and state level, were on Tuesday warned by the Code of Conduct of Bureau against failure to declare their assets.
The chairman of bureau, Prof. Isah Mohammed, while speaking stated that the body is ready to prosecute any civil servants that does not follow the order.
Mohammed stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He advised civil servants and public office holders against flagrant abuse of its Act by declaring their assets at the required regular interval.
Mohammed said the bureau had not been particularly active in the monitoring and prosecution of offenders, adding that there was a renewed commitment to ensure that the body remained proactive.
“The Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal are the creation of the 1999 Constitution as amended and we have resolved to ensure full application of the law against offenders.
“We are collaborating with other anti-corruption agencies and the police to form the required synergy to fight corruption in the country.
“There would be no hiding place for a public servant who keeps away his or her assets from public knowledge. Such assets must be declared at CCB at the right time,’’ he said.
While reacting to the accusation against Justice Walter Onnoghen, Mohammed stated that bureau’s action was in line with the law.
In his statement, he claimed that Justice Onnoghen’s record with the bureau has given the establishment the impetus to commence his prosecution.
He explained further that the action was not driven by political consideration, adding that the public must view the allegations against the CJN as infraction of CCB’s law.
Mohammed said the bureau was considering a nationwide publicity campaign to educate civil servants and public office holders on the danger of not declaring their assets adequately.
He also said Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government should appoint a desk officer that would continually keep staff abreast of the need to update their assets with the bureau.
He added: “It is elementary to state that public servants have the mandate to renew their CCB asset declaration form at four years interval.
“Let me also tell you here that new appointees and employees of government are respectively mandated to declare their assets after joining the service.”
Source: Naija News