(EDITORIAL)-The new whistleblowing policy: another litmus test for President Buhari

(EDITORIAL)-The new whistleblowing policy: another litmus test for President Buhari

The Federal Government it will be recalled has approved a new policy on whistle blowing that aims to encourage Nigerians to report financial and other related crimes to relevant authorities.

Going by the stipulations of this policy, AljazirahNigeria learnt that whistleblowers whose revelations lead to recovery of stolen monies will be entitled to as much as 5 per cent of the recovered sum.

The new policy was approved at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

Specifically, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who announced the new policy to State House correspondents, said it is being put in place with support from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

She also noted that the policy is ‘a stop gap initiative until the National Assembly formally passes a law on whistle blowing.’

When asked the relevance of the policy in a modern anti-corruption platform, she said the new programme encourages Nigerians with information on financial crimes to disclose it with the hopes of getting something in return which would serve as incentive.

She said the aim is to strengthen the fight against corruption by the Buhari administration.

“Anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of fund will be entitled to not more than five per cent of the recovered sum,” she insisted.
Adeosun said that apart from the government setting up a website and providing a phone number and email for people to use, anonymity and protection of whistleblowers will also be guaranteed.

While AljazirahNigeria believes that every Nigerian should be willing to supply information to the relevant authorities irrespective of whether there is financial inducement or not, it however welcomes the idea if it will further help in the fight against graft.

The civic duty of every Nigerian is to help the government in its onerous task of delivering on governance so the new policy should not in any way affect this responsibility of all to fight crimes in all its forms.

Be that as it may we are gladdened that the policy would be further put to scrutiny by the National Assembly when it resumes from its recess.

This will allow a cross pollination of ideas and an avenue to further see the workability of the idea.

AljazirahNigeria also believes that Nigerians to whom the wealth of the nation belongs to must also be allowed to air the views on the new policy through the instrumentality of town hall meetings.

The cankerworm of graft is rapidly eroding the base of our socio-economic and political stability and hence everything possible must be done to bring back the nation back on course.

We do hope if this measure is eventually approved by the relevant authorities, it would further strengthen the anti-corruption war!


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