Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Sam Saba has advocated the need for more legislative powers for the bureau saying an act that will make assets declared by public officers available for inspection by any Nigerian will assist in checking corruption in the nation’s public service.
Mr. Saba, who said this in Abuja at the 2012 ministerial press briefing of the bureau, said one of the greatest challenges facing the bureau is the unwillingness of members of the public to provide critical information by way of petitions and whistle-blowing in order to expose corrupt government officials.
He also said “the social tolerance level of people who display extravagant wealth without recourse to their source of income is alarming and the bureau is more than prepared to check such extravagant display of ill-gotten wealth”.
The chairman further said that corruption both in its grand and petty forms are largely responsible for poverty, terrorism, war. He called for an urgent need to reverse the trend in order to fast-track the nation’s development.