The General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Tpl. Funmi Osifuye has stated that the declaration of Assets by Public Officers is not a voluntary exercise rather statutory because public officers are mandated by the law to do so before and after occupying public office.
He added that assets of State government employees must be open to public scrutiny to enable citizens ensure that those entrusted with public office do not abuse their power for personal gain.
Speaking at an Enlightenment Programme organised by the State Government for civil servants on how to complete Assets Declaration Forms, Osifuye maintained that Assets Declaration by Public Officers was important so as to maintain and establish a high standard of public morality in the conduct of Government Business and also ensure that the actions and behaviour of public officers conform with the highest standards.
The GM disclosed further that the practice would engender transparency and build trust among citizens in public administration, prevent conflict of interest and maintain the integrity of institutions as well as monitor wealth accumulation by civil servants.
According to him, “Asset Declaration requires Public Officials declaring their wealth in form of income, assets, liabilities and financial interests. In addition, it would help the Government monitor the progress of staff, to know the assets before, during and after employment as well as a guide against illegal ways of making money”.
The State Director of Lagos State Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. Ezekiel Ola reiterated that Asset Declaration by Public servants serves as a check on corrupt practices in Nigerian Public Service and took participants through the process of completing the forms.
Responding on behalf of the staff of the Authority, Tpl. (Mrs.) Remi Olatunbosun appreciated and thanked the members of the Code of Conduct Bureau for their efforts at ensuring that best standards of morality are imbibed by civil servants and urged staff to comply with the bureau’s guidelines.