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FG moves to create CCT offices in states for speedy dispensation of justice

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
29 September 2021   |   4:08 am
Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Victor Muruako, has called for the establishment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in the 36 states of the federation to speed up the dispensation of justice.

FRC, Victor Chinemerem Muruako

Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Victor Muruako, has called for the establishment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in the 36 states of the federation to speed up the dispensation of justice.

He made the call, yesterday, at the launch of the explanatory manual on Code of Conduct For Public Officers (CCPO) by the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption (TUGAR) and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Abuja.

He said: “With our geographical configuration, one CCT located in Abuja won’t be enough and effective. Looking at the number of cases they have, there is a need for more tribunals to be more efficient, mete out appropriate sanctions as provided by law against, especially, serial recalcitrant, obstinate and unmanageable offenders.

“This, we believe, will go a long way in deterring many pubic office holders who would otherwise not think twice before violating the code.”

Speaking, Federal Commissioner in-charge of Investigation, Monitoring and Intelligence in CCB, Murtala Kankia, said the level of compliance of public office holders to assets declaration has improved in the last few years. He advised more public servants to declare their assets as part of constitutional requirement.

“When we came, around 2018, there was low level of compliance to assets declaration. We initially thought that it was because people did not know and we decided to start educating them. Now, from records and reports received from all the 36 states, we have about 60 to 70 per cent compliance. We want to achieve 100 per cent,” he said.

Earlier, Head, TUGAR, Lillian Ekeanyanwu, said the explanatory manual was designed to simplify the contents of the Code of Conduct and enable the agency issue guidelines and directives to public officers on specific aspects of the code.

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