FG Okays New Whistleblower Bill

The Federal Government approved an updated whistleblower draft bill on Wednesday.

It bemoaned the current whistleblowing policy, which was introduced on December 21, 2016, as it is already losing steam.

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, provided this information to State House Correspondents during the weekly Council meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Launched in December 2016 by the Buhari-led government, the Whistleblower Protection Act, facilitated through the Federal Ministry of Finance, provides legal cover for individuals who voluntarily expose acts of fraud, bribery, looted government funds and assets, financial misconduct, and other forms of corruption.

The policy also rewards a whistleblower who provides information about any financial mismanagement or tipoff about stolen funds to the ministry’s portal with 2.5 – 5 percent of the funds recovered by the Nigerian government.

Speaking after this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Ahmed said the Council approved the draft bill to strengthen the fight against corruption and protect whistleblowers that provide helpful information to the FG.

 

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