9th December, 2010
The Code of Conduct Bureau, which monitors and enforces the code of conduct ofÂ public officersÂ in Abuja stated that it had undertaken the prosecution of 441 casesÂ involving public officers who were alleged to have breached the Code of Conduct ActÂ between May and November, this year.
Of the number of cases handled by the Bureau at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, theÂ Chairman stated that 134 cases were struck out while 239 persons were discharged,Â leaving 68 persons convicted within the period under review.
The Chairman of the Bureau, Mr. Sam Saba, made this disclosure in a press briefingÂ where he also stated that the organisation has verified a total of 93 AssetÂ Declaration Forms submitted by top government officials to forestall the spate ofÂ anticipatory declarations.
Mr. Saba further informed that 29 serving ministers were invited to the Bureau inÂ connection with their Asset Declaration Forms, while 19 of them have also beenÂ verified.
He noted that within the period under review, 3477 forms have been scanned by theÂ Bureauâ€™s Information System Center, while 549,308 forms have been captured at theÂ centre.
The Chairman decried the paucity of funds and manpower at the Bureau and stated thatÂ the board has sought for the approval of the Head of Service to employ at least 300Â more staff in the interim to boast the Bureauâ€™s staff strength.
He also called for more funding from Government to ensure that the battle against
â€”Nnamdi Felix / Abuja
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