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Civil society ask political candidates to declare assets

The Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Mr. Auwal Rafsanjani, has urged candidates seeking various political offices in the forthcoming 2023 general election to declare their assets publicly.

Mr. Rafsanjani stated this at a workshop for Journalists on assets declaration, organized by CISLAC/Transparency International in Abuja.

He explained that the advocacy for the compliance with asset declaration laws in the country’s project, was aimed at executing an advocacy campaign for the adherence of asset declaration laws by public officials nationwide.

As the national chapter of Transparency International, an implementing partner of the project in Nigeria, Auwal Rafsanjani insisted that candidates must be made to declare their assets before and after leaving office.

He decried the failure to adequately fund the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal, adding that it had frustrated the push for public officials to comply with assets declaration laws.

CISLAC noted that the effect of non compliance with assets declaration was that the public would be in the dark about what government officials declare; as well as impunity for false declarations.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai, Omotola Oguneye