Why FG’s whistle-blower policy is not working – Report | Dailytrust

Why FG’s whistle-blower policy is not working – Report

A survey on five years of whistle-blower policy in Nigeria has shown that fear of suffering victimisation when corruption fights back has made the impact of the policy minimal as Nigerians are afraid of the negative consequences of reporting corrupt practices.

The report released in Abuja on Wednesday by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, with support from MacArthur Foundation, appraised the impact of the whistleblowing policy introduced in 2016 as a tool to fight against corruption in the country.

Presenting the 56-page report, the Acting Executive Director, Dataphyte, Adenike Aloba, said findings revealed that 98.2 percent of Nigerians perceived corruption as a serious problem and evidence showed that respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the information available to them on whistleblowing policy.

Earlier, AFRICMIL Coordinator, Chido Onumah, said the survey catalogued the data of the impact of the whistleblower policy in addressing corrupt practices and other wrongdoing in Nigeria. 

Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Sadiq Radda, said the committee had realised some challenges since the inception of the whistleblowing policy which included fear of lack of protection by prospective whistle-blowers and monetary compensation which made people have ulterior motives towards the practice of whistleblowing.

MacArthur’s representative, Dayo Olaide, said the Foundation supported the whistleblower policy to mobilise the voices of Nigerians to be a part of the campaign against corruption.

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