Over one million public officers complete asset declaration forms-CCB

By Iquo Williams, Abuja

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The Code of Conduct Bureau, (CCB), says over one and a half Million Asset Declaration Forms have been filled completely by Public Officers in Nigeria and returned to the Bureau in the last one year.


This according to the bureau, is as a result of training Public Staff under its Strict Compliance Training Programme.


The Chairman of the Bureau, Professor Mohammed Isah, disclosed this at a one-day sensitization conference with the theme: ‘Fighting Corruption in Nigeria; the Past, the Present and the Future.’  


The event which took place at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital, was organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and had all anti-corruption bodies in attendance.


Professor Isah said the Bureau, over the last seven years has carried out sensitization programmes in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) aimed at increasing education and reducing corrupt tendencies.


“With the fact that over a thousand cases investigated and prosecuted by the Bureau are still pending and awaiting trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, this hinders efficiency and output of the Bureau”, Professor Isah said.


He expressed hope that with the amendment of the CCB and CCT Act, the Tribunal will be decentralized into zones to facilitate quick dispensation of justice.


“There is the need for collaboration among anti-corruption agencies and where necessary efforts should be appreciated and acknowledged”, he added.


In his remark, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, said the committee since its inauguration on August 15 2015, had been able to coordinate and harmonize anti-corruption activities to achieve better results.


In attendance at the programme were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, the Solicitor General of the Federation, Army Chiefs, High Court Judges, Heads of Paramilitary Organizations, Civil Society amongst others.