Gov Ibrahim Dankwambo

The Code of Conduct Bureau Gombe State office on Wednesday said that it has verified top government officials in the state for the 2016 asset declarations exercise, said the State Director, Mr Panyi Baira.

Baira, who disclosed this to journalists in Gombe on Wednesday, said those verified included Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, his Deputy, Mr Charles Iliya, 24 members of the State House of Assembly and 14 Special advisers to the governor.

According to him, civil servants and public office holders in the state had responded positively to the provision of asset declaration.

He said that the bureau was constituted to check the excesses of public officers in government business.

“The bureau is to ensure the high level of accountability, transparency and high level of morality in government business,” he said.

Baira said asset declaration is a constitutional requirement that must be adhered to by all government workers in the country.

“This is not something of wish, it is a constitutional requirement for any employee of the government to declare assets,” he said.

According to him, early next year Permanent secretaries and top judicial officers among others would also be verified.

He said that after this the field verification exercise would be conducted as directed by the Federal Commissioner for Gombe.

Baira said that it is an offence to over-declare or under-declare asset as well as failure to fill the assets declaration form.

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