Giving that the enthusiasm that greeted the policy appears to have cooled in recent weeks, the government is now urging Nigerians to take the policy more seriously by clearly spelling out the irresistible benefits that await whistleblowers.
The government further pledges protection for them, as there are some controversies that some whistle blowers have been victimized.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said any whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of up to 1 billion Naira will receive 5 per cent of the amount.
“For those who may have suffered any backlash as a result of the information they provide, their cases will be reviewed and appropriate mitigating actions taken”
“Whistle-blowers have nothing to fear, because the committee has put in place the necessary measures to safeguard those who give useful information. As a matter of fact, whistle-blowers have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” he said.
How much you can make by being a whistleblower:
Recovery of up to 1 billion Naira will receive 5% of the amount;
The reward for any amount between 1 and 5 billion Naira will be 5% for the first 1 billion Naira and 4% of the remaining 4 billion Naira
And then for any whistleblowing amount of over 5 billion Naira will attract 2.5% reward.
For example, if a whistle-blower provides information leading to the recovery of 10 billion Naira, he or she will receive 5% of the first 1 billion Naira, 4% of the next 4 billion Naira and 2.5% of the remaining 5 billion Naira.
Although the government is quick to trumpet the advantages of whistle blowing while glossing over the inherent dangers, whistle remain at risk and the government must be ready to tackle the issue of exposure if the policy is to record more success.
Thesheet.ng recently brought to notice the case of Ntia Thompson, a whistle-blower at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who lost his job for exposing a huge fraud involving some top officials of the ministry.
The government must therefore make the protection of whistle blowers a matter of priority and give it the same importance as the reward meant for the whistle blowers.
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