Public workers have been charged to conform to the rules and regulations guiding asset declaration forms, as there are strict sanctions and penalties for defaulters.
The Schedule Officer, State Operations of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. Abiola Olatunde made this known at a session with staffers of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) in Abeokuta.
Olatunde said the essence of the visit was to re-educate the staffers on the significance of filling the forms, which he noted, many officers took with levity, saying every officer employed by the government must fill and submit the asset declaration forms within the expiration of 30 days.
According to him “the days of collecting forms and not submitting are long gone, as the Federal Government through Code of Conduct Bureau has placed penalties for such individuals to be charged to court and convicted for non-declaration of Assets”.
The Schedule Officer said public workers who fail to properly declare their assets, would have them confiscated by the government.
Speaking earlier, an officer in charge of Local Government Operation, Mr. Akin Omolade, said “the declaration forms are to be completed every four years and by the time you will be retiring, you must have filled at least a total of four forms before any entitlement can be processed by the government”.
While taking participants through the code of conduct, Omolade warned that officers should not engage in any business other than Agriculture, saying “any foreign account or property obtained in any foreign countries must be declared in the country’s currency”.
Remarking on behalf of OGSIEC staffers, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs. Moyosore Fadimu appreciated the Bureau for shedding more light on the significance of the forms, assuring that officers would comply with the rules, ensure the forms were adequately completed and submitted within the stipulated time.