Nigeria launches Whistleblowing policy to fight corruption

By Ben Adam Shemang

The new policy aims to encourage Nigerians to report financial and other related crimes to relevant authorities.

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has approved ‘Whistleblowing Programme and Supporting Policy’ to boost the fight against Corruption.

The decision was taken during the Council‘s meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

The policy aims at encouraging citizens in  private or public sector, or even the armed forces, to report cases of corruption either in their places of work or elsewhere.

Prosecution of culprits
In particular, culprits will be prosecuted if found engaged or engaging in fraud, financial mismanagement, illegal monetary diversion, money laundering, stealing, among others.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun who briefed State House Correspondents after the meeting said,“the memo covers the scope of policy, the manner in which reports will be filed and it could be through website, by phone, or email. It also covers anonymity.”

Reward system
There are always consequences especially,victimisation of whistle blowers but the Minister stated that government would take care of that including a reward system to whistle blowers.

“Protection of the whistleblower is very important. They will be protected from sanctions and a reward scheme in the event that somebody who is a whistleblower actually either lose his/her  job, or is financially disadvantaged as a result of the information they have provided, we have a reward scheme which we will pay, not more than 5%,’’ Mrs Adeosun explained.

According to her, “President Muhammadu Buhari made corruption top on the agenda of his campaign and when he won, he took the fight against it with a renewed vigour. The anti graft agencies have been supportive in this fight.’’

The Council also approved the resumption of work at the second River Niger Bridge in south-east of the country.

The meeting was presided over by President Buhari, an avowed crusader against the canker worm that has always been the bane of development.

Mercy Chukwudiebere