By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The Code of Conduct Bureau has called on public servants who are yet to declare their assets to do so immediately to avoid the risk of facing the full weight of the laws of the land.
Imo State Direector of the Bureau, Mr. Benson Anukam, made the call when he paid an official visit to Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri.
He explained that “the aim of the visit is to use it as an opportunity to appeal to lawmakers in the state to forward the cmprehensive list of legislative aides to the Bureau with a view to enabling them to complete the necessary forms as prescribed by the law”.
Mr. Anukam also revealed that his establishment was fully collaborating with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the current effort to stamp out corruption in the country.
He equally appealed, passionately to Nigerians to assist his establishment and all the anti-corruption agencies in realizing the goal of eliminating graft in the society.
Responding on behalf of the Speaker, Chief Goodluck Opiah, the Deputy Speaker, Sir Jonas Okeke, commended the Bureau for the successes recorded in the fight against corruptuion.
He decried the poor attitude of people in the state towards the payment of taxes, stressing that government could only be held accountable by the people when they live up to their civic responsibilities.
Sir Okeke decried what he termed “the poor remuneration of legislative aides in the state” and promised that the House would fully cooperate with the Bureau with regard to fighting corruption.
The Deputy Speaker also said that the House has summoned the state’s Commissioner for Works and Transport over the near collapse of some bridges in the state.
Meanwhile, the House could not hold its plenary session last Wednesday due to its inability to form the constitutional provision for quorum to commence the business for the day.