The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has given public officers whose tenure expires on May 29 a deadline of May 28, 2019, to submit their end-of-tenure asset declaration forms.
However, members of the outgoing 8th National Assembly and other public servants that were inaugurated on June 9, 2015, have up till June 8, 2019, to declare their assets.
According to the constitution, those set to declare their asset include the President, Vice-President, President and Deputy President of the Senate, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of state Houses of Assembly and all members of legislative houses.
The rest are Governors and Deputy Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and Attorney General of each state, ministers, commissioners and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The “guidelines” for assets declaration accessed on the website of the CCB states that a declarant must declare their assets within 30 days of being issued the assets declaration form.
Speaking to Punch, the Chief Press Officer of the CCB, Mrs Charity Utok, said the incoming political office holders were given up to three months to make their declarations to the CCB, while the outgoing ones must do so as soon as they “step out” of office.
Utok said, “They can be sworn in, and within three months they have to declare their assets, otherwise the bureau will drag them to the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“It is applicable to all public officers, both political appointees and elected officers – from the councillors to local government chairmen, commissioners, members of the state Houses of Assembly, governors, members of the National Assembly, ministers, Vice-President and President.
“For those who are finishing their tenure, they must declare as soon as they step out.”
She noted that the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would end on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, hence the Tuesday deadline for the two of them to submit their asset forms for the end of their first tenure.