Enugu State Governor-elect, Barr Peter Mbah, on Friday, shortly after the declaration of his assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau in Enugu, declared that his administration will be guided by the rule of law.
Mbah, who will be inaugurated on Monday, May 29, went to the South-East Zonal Office of the CCB in Enugu, where he submitted his assets declaration forms. He stated that the process was crucial in fostering transparency and accountability in governance.
The Enugu governor-elect, speaking to reporters after submitting his forms to the Federal Commissioner in charge of the South-East Zone of the CCB, stated that as the Chief Executive, he was responsible for upholding the law. It was also his duty to act lawfully and submitting the forms was in line with the new direction of his career.
“As you also know, I am now migrating from the corporate environment to the public sector; and in the private sector, we have Codes of Corporate Governance and here in the public sector, we also have the Code of Conduct for the public servants.
“What we have simply done today is to comply with the requirements of the law by filling the forms as stipulated by law.
“The process is quite seamless and we have populated the forms, and we have also, in the presence of a Notary Public, executed the law as required,” he said.
Mbah also mentioned that all those to be appointed to his administration would have to go through the same process. He emphasised that his administration would uphold the requirements for all public officials. Filling out the CCB forms was mandatory and not optional. As public servants, they had no option but to abide by the provisions of the law.
The CCB Federal Commissioner, Barrister Umeano, praised Mbah for setting an example by submitting his forms. He noted that by Monday, Mbah would be the chief law officer of the state and that his submission demonstrated that he would lead by example.
“He has given a good example to the rest of the other politicians and even those who are going to be his functionaries that they have to comply with the rule of law. We commend him for this,” he said.