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The Chairman


Sam Saba became Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau on April 30, 2010.  He presides over 9- member Board, Management and staff.  Mr. Saba was formerly the Secretary to the CCB from January 17, 2000 to October 4, 2010 when he retired from Public Service.  Under Mr. Saba’s tenure, the Bureau’s four departments and 36 states offices (and one in Federal Capital Territory) were re-organized, strengthened and repositioned to meet the challenges of the day.  Furthermore, software to capture Assets Declarations was developed which made it easier to capture and retrieve information about declarants, their assets and liabilities.

Prior to Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. Saba served in the Nigerian Television Authority.  He served for a period of 18 years rising to the position of Manager News and Current Affairs -- first at NTA Sokoto and later NTA Abuja, Channel 5.  He also served for several years on the Governing Council of NTA College, Jos.

In 1992, Mr. Saba was appointed by the Federal Government as Niger State Secretary, Caretaker Committee for National Republican Convention (NRC).  This committee was responsible for the administration of the new NRC under the two Party Systems: the National Republican Convention (NRC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).  After the successful conduct of the 1993 National elections, Saba returned to his post at the Bureau as Deputy Director, Finance and Supplies.  He became Director of Education and Advisory Services in 1998.

Born in Kano State in November, 1948, Saba is from Niger State where he began his primary education at St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Bida in 1955 and ended at the St. Bartholomew’s School, Wusasa, Zaria.  From there he proceeded in 1962 to St. Paul’s College Wusasa, Zaria for his secondary education.

Mr. Sam Saba holds a B.Sc degree in Broadcast Management from Jones College Jacksonville, Florida (USA) and Certificate in Broadcast Journalism of Radio Netherlands Training Centre ( RNTC), Holland.  He also attended the University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education where he obtained Post Graduate Certificate in Corruption Studies.  He had attachments at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Hong Kong and at Corruption Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore (CPIB) in March 2001.

At various times, Mr. Saba attended courses in the United Kingdom at Public Administration International, Crown Agents and RIPA International Development.  In 2007, he attended Hetta Institute for International Development (HIID) NY, New York, USA.

Mr. Saba is a Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Fellow of the Nigerian Business School and Fellow, Institute of Chartered Trustees, Nigeria.

He was honoured recently by the Hope Arewa Development Initiative in recognition of his immense contributions to Youth Empowerment and National Development.

Mr. Saba is married with 3 children who are also married and serving officers in the Public Service and one in the Private Sector.  His interests are Sports, Public Affairs, Reading and Music.


Codes of Coduct

Code 1 - Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest - A public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.

Code 2 - Restriction on Specified Officers

Restriction on Specified Officers - A public officer shall not:
(a) receive or be paid the emoluments of any public office at the same time as he receives or is paid emoluments of any other public office; or
(b) except where he is not employed on full time basis, engage or participate in the management or running of any private business, profession or trade; but nothing in this sub-paragraph shall prevent a public officer from engaging in farming.

Code 3 - Prohibition of Foreign Accounts

Prohibition of Foreign Accounts - The President, Vice President, Governor, Deputy Governor, Ministers of the Government of the Federation and Commissioners of the Governments of the States, members of the National Assembly and the Houses of Assembly of the States, and such other public officers or persons as the National Assembly may by law prescribe shall not maintain or operate a bank account in any country outside Nigeria.

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