Nigeria Whistleblowers To Get Part Of Recovered Loot

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Nigeria Whistleblowers To Get Part Of Recovered Loot

Adesoun added that whistle-blowers choosing to remain anonymous ‎can submit documentary evidence on the portal.

Official reward for whistle blowers will strengthen the fight against corruption by encouraging more Nigerians to identify with government's efforts in that regard.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has agreed to the payment of at least five per cent of the recovered loot to any successful whistle blower, who provides relevant information leading to the recovered funds.

According to her, the programme is created to encourage anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on the Nigerian people and Government to report it.

Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun disclosed this to State House reporters after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

Examples of information that could be submitted, according to the minister, are mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets, including properties and vehicles; financial malpractice or fraud; collecting/soliciting bribes; and corruption.

Adeosun who was joined at the briefing by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, explained that to qualify for the reward, the whistle blower must have provided the government with information it does not already have and could not otherwise obtain from any other source available to the government.

She said: "If you choose not to disclose your identity, there will be no record of who you are". Adeosun said that government employees, agencies, institutional stakeholders and members of the public were also at liberty to avail themselves of the facility.

The Policy will protect whistleblowers, provide whistleblowing mechanisms, & provide a reward mechanism and it is not only targeted at public servants but also private sector workers.

"If you have suffered harassment, intimidation or victimisation for sharing your concerns, restitution will be made for any loss suffered", she stated.

Adeosun said the information provided would be reviewed and analysed to determine whether or not to open an investigation on the matter.

The Nigerian government said staff of some federal agencies are yet to receive their salaries for November because the agencies have exhausted their budgetary allocations.

She said any of the information that is a criminal case will be referred to the relevant agencies; Police, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) or Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She explained that the information could be submitted through the online portal by e-mail or by phone.

On protection from False or Malicious Claims, she said: "A first level review will always be carried out to determine credibility and sufficiency of information received".

Adeosun, however, warned that false information could attract prosecution.

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