Why Governors Should Publish Details Of Asset Declaration - SERAP
Fayemi takes over from Yari as chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (image courtesy Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos)

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked 35 state governors in Nigeria to publish the full details of their asset declarations in order to improve transparency, accountability and good governance.

Concise News reports that the rights group made this call after the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, published the details of his asset declarations as submitted to the Code Of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

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Makinde’s assets declaration form marked OYSE/2019/001, made public this month, shows that he is worth about N50 billion – his firms are worth up to N48.1 billion; shares, cash and portfolios make up the rest.

SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, said in a statement on Sunday that it would also assure the public that neither fraud nor illicit enrichment is concealed since the worth of the governors before and after taking offices are open to the public.

In addition, the organisation wants the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, to encourage all the members of NGF to publish their declarations submitted to the CCB without delay.

“Nigerians ought to know the worth of their state governors. The publication of asset declarations by state governors will improve transparency, accountability and good governance and assure the public that neither fraud nor illicit enrichment is concealed. Knowing the worth of state governors before and after taking offices would also prevent rumours, half-truths or innuendo regarding asset declarations,” the statement read in part.