CCB Asset declaration sensitization will be beneficial to our college – Provost

The Provost of Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, has lauded the sensitization effort by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to get staff of the institution,  acquainted with information regarding asset declaration, saying the move would be beneficial to the institution. Prof. Ogen made the statement on Monday April 4, 2016 while speaking
through his deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde at a one-day public enlightenment programmed organized by the CCB in the college.

While lauding the federal government agency for its effort at promoting what he described as culture of transparency, honesty and efficient service delivery in the public service, Prof. Ogen noted that the sensitization programmewould go a long way in providing direction to staff on the method to use in filing their asset declaration form. The College helmsman reiterated his commitment to transparency and accountability and gave assurance that the College would continue to give the needed cooperation and support to the CCB at all times.

In his presentation, the Ondo State Director of the CCB, Mr Akinola Atolagbe commended staff of ACE for their participation and expressed happiness for the turnout stating that thesensitization programme was organized in the College in order to broaden the knowledge of its staff on issues pertaining to asset declaration and other related information which is aimed at promoting better understanding of their roles and responsibilities as a public servant.

According to the Ondo State Director of the CCB, “Asset declaration is a constitutional responsibility that must be undertaken by every civil servant”. Quoting some section of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to buttress his statement, Atolagbe explained that the document under its 5th schedule Part I mentioned two categories of
Public Officers that are required by law to declare their asset.  He listed them to include Political Office holders and those in the Civil service.

Explaining the modus operandi of the asset declaration, the senior CCB official said while political office holders fill the form at the point of assumption of office and at the expiration of their tenure, the civil servants on the other hand are mandated by law to undertake the same process every four-four years while in active service.

Warning against dangers inherent in refusal to participate in asset infraction in the course of performing a duty, Atolagbe said such acts when detected could lead to prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). He mentioned ten acts that should be avoided by Public Servant while in active service to include conflict of interest, engaging in two government jobs at the same time, engaging in another business except farming as well as collection of gratification for services performed (bribe).

Others acts include collection of gifts, obtaining loan from unauthorized source, membership of secret society, abuse of office to mention but few.

Atolagbe also warned civil servants on the use of a proxy or fronts to perpetrate crime saying when such act is uncovered, the civil servant involved would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

On the importance of the asset declaration form, the Senior CCB official said it was introduced in fulfillment of law and as means of enabling civil servants to get acquainted with their constitutiona lresponsibility. He enjoined staff of the College to treat the form with caution
warning that any alteration or cancellation noticed after it had been filed would not be entertained.

The sensitization programme held at Babatunde Ipaye auditoriumwhich also featured delivery of lecture onasset verification and process involved in its filing, had in attendance principal Officers of the College including the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; representative of the Registrar, Mr. Felix Aderinboye, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul; College Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.

Also present were Deans and Directors, Heads of Departments and Units as well as Teaching and Non-Teaching staff in the College and official from CCB among others.