Paucity of funds stalling anti-graft fight, says CCB
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Prof. Mohammed Isah, says lack of funds over the years is hindering the organisation from effectively fighting corruption in the country.
He told reporters in Abuja that asset declaration exercise was capital intensive if due diligence were to be carried out to stamp out corrupt practices from public service.
Isah deployed the organisation’s N36 million overhead cost, which could not assist it in carrying out its constitutional mandates. He said CCB operates from rented apartments in most states of the federation.
Regarding their schedules, Isah said every public officer was to declare all assets and liabilities at the point of taking appointment, or on assumption of office, consistent with the policy of government on transparency and accountability.
He added that consultants have been engaged to handle asset declarations of politicians and civil servants, as well as work with civil society organisations to achieve set out goals.
The CCB boss hinted that the bureau had perfected plans to launch its online Asset Declaration System for seamless operations and faster information sourcing by Nigerians.