PRESIDENT JONATHAN DECLARED HIS ASSETS TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU IN LINE WITH THE CONSTITUTION. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT OBLIGED TO MAKE A PUBLIC SHOW OF ASSET DECLARATION
The FOI Act exempts public institutions from giving out personal information. Much of the information we have on the asset declaration form is personal and of course, assets belonging to the wife or husband of the public office holder, which is third party is also protected by the FOI law from being given to the public. Anyone may apply for information on asset declaration, but we need our legal department’s approval to give out such information.”
Section 15 (2) and section 16 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act (Amended) 2011 provide that a public institution shall deny an application for information that contains personal information and trade secrets and commercial or financial information, where disclosure of such secrets may cause harm to the interest of the third party.
Section 16 (4), provides that a public institution shall disclose any information if that disclosure would be in the public interest or if public interest in the disclosure clearly outweighs in importance, any financial loss or gain the contractual or other negotiation of the third party.
President Goodluck Jonathan is the most humane and law abiding President Nigeria has ever had.
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WHAT THE CODE OF CONDUCT ACT SAYS:
The Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Chapter 56 LFN 1990 gave the Bureau the mandate to establish and maintain a high standard of public morality in the conduct of Government Business and to ensure that the actions and behaviour of public officers conform to the highest standard of public morality and accountability.
The MISSION OF THE BUREAU is “To establish a high standard of morality in the conduct of Government business through the enforcement of The Code of Conduct for public officers”.
WHAT CONSTITUTES ABUSE OF OFFICE ACCORDING TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT
Abuse of office by a Public Officer occurs when a Public Officer does or direct to be done, any arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights of any person knowing that such act is unlawful such as:
Section 13 of the Code of Conduct and Tribunal Act Cap 15 and Paragraph 9 of the Fifth Schedule Part 1 to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 state: “A public officer shall not do or direct to be done, in abuse of his office, any act prejudicial to the rights of any other person, knowing that such act is unlawful
or contrary to any government policy”.
The Code of Conduct out-laws arbitrary action by public officials. Public Officials are rather to act according to the rules, regulations and laws of the land. Any action by a public officer that does not follow the due process is an abuse of power. Any officer affected by such action can petition the Bureau for a redress.
For example, if an employee is sacked without the laid down rules of the Ministry,
Department or Agency, such is an abuse of power. If a petition is made to the
Bureau, this could be redressed:
Staff maltreatment, complaints, discontent
Disregard for rules and due process
Flamboyant Life Style of Public Officer
Inefficiency in Service Delivery
Poor Staff attitude
Election rigging, circumvention of Electoral rules and guidelines
Destruction of government property
Inflation of contracts, kick back, bribery either monetary or material .
PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN declared his assets as a DEPUTY GOVERNOR AND LATER OF BAYELSA STATE AND. HE ALSO DECLARED HIS ASSETS AS VICE PRESIDENT AND LATER PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. AS VICE PRESIDENT, HE DECLARED IT PUBLICLY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT AT THAT TIME SET A PRECEDENT EVEN THOUGH NO LAW OF THE LAND COMPELLED HIM SO TO DO. THERE IS NO LAW IN THE CODE OF CONDUCT WHICH SAYS YOU MUST MAKE A PUBLIC SHOW OF YOUR ASSETS AT THE PEDESTAL OF PUBLIC MORALITY. SUPPORT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT AGAIN.