Publish your assets, SERAP tells Tinubu

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged President Bola Tinubu to use the anniversary of his first year in office, as an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to democracy, accountability, and openness in government by publishing his asset declaration form.

SERAP urged the president to encourage Vice-President Kashim Shettima, Ministers, and state governors to also widely publish their asset declaration forms.

The rights group also urged the President to urgently propose a constitutional amendment to include provisions on the creation of asset declaration database to publish government officials’ asset declaration forms before, during, and after serving in public office.

In an open letter signed by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP noted that openness and transparency in the details of asset declaration forms of high-level public officials, would strengthen the country’s democracy and promote accountability at all levels of government.

It also noted that hiding assets is a tool corrupt politicians in the country have used over time to perpetrate corrupt practices.

SERAP further stressed that publishing asset declaration forms by politicians would enable citizens scrutinize the assets and worth of public officials before taking office and at the end of their term of office.

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