Newly elected lawmakers into the Ondo State House of Assembly have been given an orientation on the need to declare their assets before the State Code of Conduct Bureau.
The orientation was conducted on Thursday, at a One-Day seminar, organised for the Members-elect of the State House of Assembly by Code of Conduct Bureau, held in Akure, the state capital.
Speaking at the event, the Ondo State Director of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr.AkinolaAramide-Atolagbe said the code was to regulate the actions and behaviour of public officers while holding public office.
Aramide-Atolagbe added that the code of conduct, is a good instrument for entrenching public morality and accountability in government business, with strong personal philosophy, to ensure the right thing is done.
He disclosed that the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Law, which is contained in the section 18 of the fifth schedule of the law, have penalties if contravene any of its provision, stressing that it cannot be set aside by prerogative of mercy.
“The code of conduct for public officers is a condition precedent for any elected public office holder as contained in the oath of office, and as such, a breach of the code, renders such an officer unworthy of continuing in public office”, he said.
The Ekiti State Director of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. AkinfolarinFeyisola, in a paper delivered at the venue, titled “High Quality Information Presentation On The Assets Declaration Form” educated the lawmakers on how to efficiently discharge their official responsibilities and duties to the people they represents at the House of Assembly.
Feyisola said declaring assets would always precedes the oath of allegiance, adding that such purpose would help public officers live within their income.
Addressing journalists, the State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. JumokeAkindele, disclosed that the seminar was driven towards educating the incoming lawmakers to declare their assets before resuming officially into the parliament.
Akindele noted that the seminar was timely and enjoined fellow colleagues to make good use of its gesture.
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member and newly elected into the Assembly, Hon. Sola Ebiwonjumi, representing Okitipupa Constituency I, noted that the seminar would help set right the ugly record of malfeasance in representative democracy and instil the people’s confidence in their lawmakers.