The Director of Asset Declaration, Code of Conduct Bureau, Sani Mohammed, has said that civil servants can declare the details of their bank accounts in the absence of any tangible asset.
Mr. Mohammed, who said this in an interview in Abuja on Thursday, said asset must not be tangible and big before they could be declared.
He said that some civil servants often complain that they did not know what to declare since they do not own houses, cars or any other valuables that they could declare as asset.
The director described asset declaration, as one of the mandatory duties of civil/public servants contained in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Every public officer shall, within three months after taking office, declare his assets and any officer that fails to comply with this provision of the constitution will be deemed to have violated laws of the land,” he said.
He explained that the aim of the directive was to ensure accountability, transparency and to reduce the magnitude of corruption in the system, especially in the civil service.
According to him, the bureau has made efforts in the past to enlighten civil servants on the need to complete and submit their asset declaration forms on time.