Staffs of Hydro electric power producing areas development commission, (HYPPADEC), have been admonished to comply with the Federal Government’s rule and regulation on assets declaration.
Abubakar Sadiq Yelma, Managing Director of HYPPADEC disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja while declaring open a two days workshop on strict compliance with asset declaration and code of conduct for staff of HYPPADEC.
Yelma stated that, the Commission is committed to assets declaration with the view of aiding the government in tracking the assets and liabilities of its staff vis-a vis their income in order to mitigate unethical conducts including corruption, money laundering and fraud.
The Managing Director who was represented by the Assistant Director finance Mallam Bala Mohammed, noted that, the training will sensitize their staffs on the need to declare their assets as at when due and sensitizing them on the provision of the Code of Conduct in order to maintain high ethical standards in the course of discharging their duties.
According to him, Nigerian Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is unprecedentedly committed to fighting corruption and improving accountability in the Nigerian civil and public service.
Explaining further, the HYPPADEC MD said “Let me use this opportunity to quickly unravel a false impression that assets declaration is limited to only top-tier public officers. Transparency and accountability are the life-support of democracy.
” As a result, the 1999 constitution (as amended) stipulates that all persons on the payroll of the federal, state and Local Government, from the president to the lowest ranking personnel in a local government office, should declare their assets and that of their spouse(s) who are not in civil and public service and their children under 18 years age.
“Public officers are expected to declare their assets immediately after taking office and thereafter at the end of every four years. They are equally required to do so at the end of term in office.
“It is the mandate of HYPPADEC to conceive, plan and implement projects and programmes to prevent and tame ecological and environmental hazards, and to ensure the development in Nigeria’s power producing areas.
“This cannot be achieved without an honest, committed and ethically upright workforce. Apart from assets declaration, therefore, the facilitators of this workshop would coach you on how to link the
Commission’s mission, values and principles with standards of , professional conduct”.
Earlier in her remarks, the Kogi State Coordinator of HYPPADEC Engr. Joan Ogwuche, while lauding the initiative of the national body of HYPPADEC charged the participants to comply with the ethics and best practices of civil and public service which would help them in handling ethical dilemmas they encounter in everyday work.
Ogwuche averred that, the training will make all the staff to be up and doing, adding that, there is need to be transparent to achieve better service delivery in the Civil Service.
The facilitator of the training Koyonda Edward, Assistant Director Education and Advisory Service, Code of conduct bureau said the organization is mandated in line with the Nigeria constitution to prevent corruption at all level.
The workshop is simultaneously taking place in five States in Nigeria namely Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara and Plateau States.