18th May, 2011
The Code of Conduct Bureau has called on newly elected politicians in the country to declare their assets, reminding them that they may facet dire consequences as provided by the constitution if they failed to act.
The bureau made this known this morning through an advertorial calling on the elected officers to ensure that they declare their assets before they are sworn into offices.
It also advised all outgoing politicians and public office holders to make their assets and liabilities available to the bureau before they leave offices on 29 May this year.
The bureau, in the statement signed by its Secretary, Alhassan Ibrahim, said it was â€œin line with provision of the fifth schedule to the constitution which stipulates that every public officer should declare his assets and liabilities to the Code of Conduct Bureau at the beginning and at the end of his term in office.
â€œTo this end, members-elect of the National Assembly and out-going political office holders at the Federal Government level could collect their forms at the Asset Declaration Department located in Asokoro, Abuja.â€
The bureau also asked newly elected and outgoing politicians at the state level to collect the forms at the Bureauâ€™s offices located in their states.
It asked that completed forms be returned to the bureau in good time â€œso that the bureau could examine and process them and issue acknowledged slips as evidence of assets declaration before they take the oath of office on 29 May.â€