Written by Austine ELEMUE

NASS to pass whistle blower protection bill

Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Financial Crimes, Hon. Kayode Oladele, has disclosed that the National Assembly would ensure the passage of the Whistle Blower Protection Bill before the end of its tenure. 

Oladel made this known at a technical support workshop on ‘Whistle Blowing for Implementing and Revenue Generating Agencies’, organised by African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL, in Abuja last week,

The lawmaker noted that the whistle blowing policy as it is practiced today does not give protection to whistle blowers, who supply information on corruption. 

He maintained that property worth billions of naira, as well as cash are being hidden, adding that what Nigerians need is protection and a legal framework to disclose such information necessary for the recovery of such property. 

According to him, his committee is working to come up with a legal framework that would protect people that come up with information that would lead to the recovery or disclosure of property and stolen funds. 

Oladele stated that government needs to involve the people in fighting corruption, since those who steal live with the people, adding that eradicating corruption must start from the grassroots. 

Earlier in a welcome address, coordinator of AFRICMIL, Chido Onumah, explained that the aim of the workshop was to strengthen the anti-corruption policy of the federal government. 

Onumah disclosed that AAFRICMIL has been engaged in the whistle blowing process in the past one year and has equally intervened on behalf of whistle blowers who were victimised for disclosing information on the recovery of stolen public assets. 

He added also that the goal of the workshop was to help participants, as well as review the existing structure for the implementing the whistle blowing policy and to examine how the policy works in other places. 

 

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