Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Sam Saba, has accused state governors of refusing to comply with the assets declaration provisions as contained in the CCB Act.
Saba bemoaned the governors’ action, stressing that the state chief executives ought to declare their assets one month after being elected into office.
The CCB boss, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, said the Bureau had no problem with members of the National Assembly over assets declaration.
He said: “Let me say that we really don’t have problem with members of the National Assembly as far as assets declaration is concerned. Also, the president and the vice-president declared their assets before they took oaths of office in compliance with Schedule Seven of the Constitution. The people we are having problem with now are some governors, but I cannot be categorical in terms of statistics.”
The CCB chairman noted that he has demanded from the state directors of the agency the number of governors who have declared their assets.
He further blamed the delay by some governors in declaring their assets on their failure to study the constitution.
Saba said: “The governors are not even supposed to start work as political office holders until they declare their assets. It is provided in Section 185 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. It reads that: ‘a person elected to the office of a governor of a state shall not begin to perform the function of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities.”
He observed that some governors, due to ignorance, downplayed the rules that they should declare their assets before taking the oath of office.
“It is not like they are not willing to declare their assets, but because of the erroneous impression that they have up to three months within which to declare their assets and liabilities. But the issue is that they are supposed to have declared their assets before being sworn in as governors,” Saba said.