The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has said the current asset declaration system in the country lacks transparency.
He advised other agencies that handle the declaration of the assets of public officers, especially the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), to publish them.
The ICPC chairman stressed that this would help the bureau to curb corruption in the public sector.
A statement yesterday in Abuja by the commission’s spokesperson Azuka Ogugua, said Owasanoye spoke at a meeting with the chairman and board members of CCB.
The ICPC boss noted that the secrecy surrounding the declaration of assets by public and civil servants was aiding graft.
“Publicising asset declaration will assist the whistle-blowing policy and our work. We have not been able to take full advantage of asset declaration because of the opacity around it. If somebody lied about his or her assets, he or she can be found out by just opening of the page where it has been published.
“I want to encourage the bureau to push for that because the public will help us to do our work. They will tell us who owns what assets and whether it is proportionate to their earnings,” he said.