Today at the Nigerian Senate, the Bill Tracker addressed The Whistleblowers Protection Bill 2015 (SB.158) sponsered by Senator Biodun Olujimi.
The bill went for first reading on 15th March, 2016 and second reading on 19th october, 2016.
The WhistleBlowersBill aims to protect persons who disclose confidential information on the grounds of public interest and will enable the proper investigation of matters disclosed.
Corruption is a serious obstacle to economic growth and poverty in Nigeria. In August 2011 a staff of the National Women Development Centre, Abuja was dismissed from service for exposing the embezzlement by top officials of the #300 million allocated for poverty alleviation programme. The effectiveness of Nigeria’s legal framework & fight against corruption depends on the quality of the country’s whistle blowing protection. Its inadequacies are harming the citizens, the economy and the rule of law. When corruption, fraud and crimes go undetected and unpunished, everyone loses.
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#WhistleBlowersBill would support an open and transparent structure where citizens would be aware of how to report suspected acts of corruption or wrong doing and have the confidence in the reporting procedures free from fear of retaliation. This is integral for strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption & fraud compliance and support a clean business environment. The #WhistleBlowersBill will ensure that mechanisms are put in place to provide effective protection for whistle Blowers.
#WhistleBlowersBill is tandem with chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and the UN charter on human and peoples rights as well as the African charter on Human Rights that guarantee the right of freedom of expression.
This Bill was referred to the committee on judiciary, human rights & legal matters for further legislative action.