CCB Prepares to Unveil Website for Online Asset Declaration

Admin 13-Apr-2021 Nigeria_News

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is to launch a website for the submission of asset declaration forms by public servants soon.

The initiative is part of efforts to ease the asset declaration through the use of technology.

CCB Justice Danladi Umar disclosed this in Lagos  at a High-Level Meeting on Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Asset Declaration by High-Ranking Public Officer in Nigeria organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

Umar, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Dr Mustapha Musa, said the website was ready for use.

He said the  website would be launched soon and that the staff that would be responsible for its operation would soon be receiving documents on its platform electronically.

According to Dr. Musa, the CCB asset declaration website is live and online, with all security features and certifications necessary for its takeoff.

“Information on the website regarding asset declaration can only be assessed by the CCB and the site is https://assetdeclaration@ccb.gov.ng,”  he said.

Umar said that the CBB can only give access to information regarding declaration of assets to any citizen on application as provided by the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act subject to conditions given by the National Assembly.

He noted that the rule was subject to the provisions of Paragraph 3 (c) part 1 of the third schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This is a specific provision that is exclusive to the CCB.

“The provisions of the FOI Act are general, general on all agencies, Ministries, departments and bodies of government but this paragraph is specific on the Code of Conduct Bureau”, he said.

“It is not that the Code of Conduct Bureau is not willing to give information to applicants.

“The Constitution states that we can only give such information subject to some conditions or guidelines to be given by the National Assembly.

Speaking, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Tayo Oyetibo said that the issue on whether the public should have assess to information on the assets of public officer has been at the centere stage of discourse  for years.

Oyetibo who was represented by Mrs Mobisola Odimegwu, the Managing Associate of Tayo Oyetibo and Co. said that the courts can intervene in situations where a citizen’s request for information has been declined by CBB.

According to her, “the Court of Appeal in the case of Code of Conduct Bureau vs Nwankwo noted that there is a restriction that the National Assembly has to provide terms and conditions



“However, it said that the fact that these terms and conditions have not been provided does not obliterate the fact that citizens have the right to access this information.

“The court noted that the asset declaration of a public servant is a public document.

“Paragraph 3 (c) of the third schedule of the Constitution deems any citizen of Nigeria the right to inspect the asset declaration of any public servant.”

She said since the right to inspect the asset declaration of public officers is a constitutional right, failure of the National Assembly to prescribe the terms and conditions does not obliterate or take away such right.

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