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Officials must declare assets or face prosecution

19 July 2013, 16:42

Abuja - More than 2 000 government officials in the Rivers State risk prosecution if they fail to declare their assets as required by the law.

Agom-Tor Ngucha, the Director in charge of States and Local Governments Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), made the warning in Port Harcourt after a meeting with Rivers State Head of Service, Samuel LongJohn.

"Assets declaration is mandatory for every public servant," said Ngucha, who said the  purpose of his visit was to discuss on how the prosecution of the defaulters could be deferred to give them more time to declare their assets.

LongJohn appealed to the CCB to suspend the summons of defaulting public servants and give his office more time to communicate with the defaulters on the need to fill the assets declaration forms.

He pledged to work with the State Director of CCB to guard against a reccurrence of such lapses.

Laws stipulate that every public servant declare their assets every four years.

Permanent Secretaries are to do so upon assumption and retirement from office.

Nigeria believes such moves curb the abuse of public office.

- CAJ News


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