By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, has denied two civil society organisations, access to the written asset declarations of current and past elected and appointed public officers brought under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011.

In their effort at advocating for increased transparent and accountable governance in Nigeria’s public service, two groups, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL and the Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC, submitted FOI requests to the CCB for written declaration of assets of elected and appointed political office holders in two tiers of government.

The two groups in a statement in Abuja, said: “In an FOI request dated January 18, 2017 by Godwin Onyeacholem, AFRICIMIL requested for copies of written asset declaration of: “Past and current principal officers of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) in Nigeria, since 2011 till date, upon their assumption of office and exiting office, as required by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

“PPDC in their FOI request dated February 2, 2017, by Ilo Nkemdilim, Chief Operating Officer, requested for copies of written asset declaration of:”Past and current governors of the 36 states in Nigeria, since 2011 till date, upon their assumption of office and exiting office, as required by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”

“The past and current ministers of all the ministries in Nigeria, since 2011 till date upon their assumption and exiting office, as required by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”

In another FOI request dated February 6, 2017, PPDC requested for copies of the written asset declaration of: “Former President Goodluck Jonathan, upon assumption of office on May 29, 2011, and after his exit from office, on May 29, 2015, as required by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

“The former Vice President NamadiSambo, upon assumption of office  on May 29, 2011, and after his exit from office as Vice President, on May 29, 2015, as required by the 1999 Constitution.

“The current President MuhammaduBuhari, upon assumption of office as President, on May 29, 2015, as required by the 1999 Constitution.

“The current Vice President Yemi Osibanjo,  upon assumption of office as Vice President, on May 29, 2015, as required by the 1999 Constitution.”

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