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CCB insists asset declaration is compulsory for public office holders

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), says compliance with assets declaration and code of conduct for public officers is compulsory not optional.

CCB Chairman, Prof. Muhammed Isah, said this yesterday at a two-day workshop organised for staff of the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission (NIWRMC), in Abuja.

Over the years, the CCB had decried the level of compliance with the declaration of assets by public office holders in the country, saying it is not encouraging, even as there has been some improvement.

Isah, who was represented by Director, Education and Advocacy Services at the Bureau, Zephaniah Bulus, said it was important for public officers to abide with a high standard of morality as they carry out their responsibilities.

“The essence of this workshop is to keep public officers abreast of their responsibilities and to show them practical guide on how to fill their assets declaration forms.

“We are taking them on ethics and prosecution and it is important for public officers to conform to the ethics and laws of the land.

“The codes, which are set of moral principles helps to regulate the conducts of public officers, from the President to the lowest officer in the public service.

“There are so many things public officers take for granted without them knowing that they are breaking the law. So we are using this avenue to educate them on what is expected of them,” he said.

On his part, Executive Director, NIWRMC, Umar Magashi, urged the participants to abide by the code of conducts for public officers in order not to face the consequences of breaching the law.

According to him, it has been observed that many public officers do not comply with the provisions of the law, and urged them to ensure they declare their assets when due. (NAN)

The codes, which are set of moral principles helps to regulate the conducts of public officers, from the President to the lowest officer in the public service.

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