Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, Hon Kayode Oladele, has disclosed that the current National Assembly would ensure the passage of the Whistleblowers Protection Bill, before the end of its tenure.
Speaking at a technical support workshop on “Whistleblowing for Implementing and Revenue Generating Agencies”, organised by African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), in Abuja yesterday, Oladele noted that the whistle blowing policy as it is practised today does not give protection to whistle blowers, who supply information on corruption.
He maintained that properties worth billions of naira, as well as cash are being hidden here and there, adding that what Nigerians need are protection and a legal framework to disclose such information necessary for the recovery of such properties.
The House of Representatives member stated that his committee is working to come up with legal framework that would protect people that come up with information that would lead to the recovery or disclosure of properties 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 AFRICMIL 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 review the existing structure for the implementation of the whistle blowing policy and to examine how the policy works in other places.