Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Mr. Waziri Adio has declared his assets to be worth N3.8 million, while he has $821 in his account.
His assets and that of his spouse are however, worth N99, 417, 894, adding that he has closed his foreign accounts, which he operated at different times as a student or a fellow in the United States.
The NEITI boss, who made the disclosure in a statement on his assets declaration form, said he opted for a public declaration of his assets in order to practice what he preaches.
According to the statement, “After 23 years of working in the media, in an international development agency, as a consultant and an entrepreneur, I own the following assets declared in my Form CCB 1:
“As at 30 March 2016, I had a total of N3, 810, 206 in accounts with Access Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and United Bank for Africa, as at 30 March 2016, I had a total of $821 in domiciliary accounts in Access Bank and UBA.
“The foreign accounts I operated at different times as a student or a fellow in the US are all closed.
“One unit of a 3-bedrooom bungalow in an estate in a suburb of Abuja bought in 2011 at N17.5m, renovated and currently valued at N25m;
“Two units of 3-bedroom flats built over 13 years (between 2000 and 2013) in Lambe, Ogun State, currently valued at N12m.
“Two plots together measuring 1,000sqm demarcated by a dwarf fence in Iwo, my hometown in Osun State, bought in 2013, valued at N700, 000;
“Yet-to-be-located 600sqm in a disputed estate in Sabon-Lugbe, Abuja bought in 2011 at N750, 000.
“I have beneficial interests in the following private companies that I co-founded: Think Tank Consult Limited; SW4 Media Limited, Publishers of Metropole Magazine; Elan-Metro Foods Limited and the Cable Newspaper Limited, Publishers of TheCable online newspaper.
“I also have equity in two non-operational companies: Papyrus Media Limited, Bamisoro Media Limited.
“My vehicles are VW Passat bought new in 2011 at N5.8m and BMW X5 2008 Model bought second hand in February 2016 at N3.3m.
“Household furniture/items: 9 KVA Hyundai Diesel Generator bought at N850, 000; 3 KVA Sunkam Inverter bought at N450, 000 and other household furniture, electronics, exercise equipment, artworks and others valued at N3.5m.
“Shares in publicly quoted companies, “I have shares in Skye Bank, Sterling Bank and Staco Insurance, bought in 2008 at N2.5m now presently valued at N296, 610.
“Assets of spouse and children: My wife runs two businesses: a salon and a bakery, with equipment and distribution vehicles all valued at N28.5m.
“We have three children under 18 and they do not own any assets.”
The NEITI Executive Secretary explained why he decided to declare his assets publicly, “As required by paragraph 11 of the 5th Schedule of the 1999 Constitution and Section 15 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, I have submitted Form CCB 1. My Declarant ID is FGAO: 000512. Form CCB 1 is the Assets Declaration Form for Public Officers, which all elected and appointed public officers are mandated to submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, on assumption of and departure from office. The CCB is empowered to verify the claims made in this form.
“In the main, this is to ensure that public officers do not anticipatorily over-declare their assets and do not use public office to corruptly enrich themselves.
“Asset declaration is thus not designed to be another perfunctory, box-ticking exercise. It is primarily a transparency and accountability instrument.
“This is a potentially powerful sunshine mechanism that could help, in very practical ways, limit the incidence of corruption, one of the major challenges of our country. “However, the potency of this tool is gravely diminished, in my view, by the fact that asset declaration is made a secret affair and the public, on behalf of whom people are elected or appointed to hold public offices, is not given a viable role in the verification of the assets declared and is denied the fundamental right to know.
“Therefore, as we rightly seek new beginnings for our country, we need to reinsert and reassert the public in this transparency and accountability process by lifting the veil of secrecy from the declared assets of our public officers.
“This I believe: all public officers should be made to declare their assets publicly; otherwise the impact of the assets declaration exercise is successfully neutered.”

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