[On Facebook]–The Senate has promised to provide effective protection for ‘whistle blowers’ through the Whistle Blowers Bill of 2015 currently under review before it.
The Senate made this promise through the social media #BillTracker hashtag on its official Facebook account.
It stated further that the Whistle Blowers Bill aims to protect persons who disclose confidential information on the grounds of public interest and will enable the proper investigation of matters disclosed.
“The effectiveness of Nigeria’s legal framework and fight against corruption/fraud depends on the quality of the country’s whistle blowing protection.
“The absence of its inadequacies are harming the citizens, the economy and the rule of law #WhistleBlowersBill.
“When corruption, fraud and crimes go undetected and unpunished, everyone loses #BillTracker
“Provision for protection of #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 and 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.
“The #WhistleBlowersBill is in tandem with chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and the UN charter on human and people’s rights as well as the African charter on Human Rights that guarantee the right of freedom of expression.
It will be recalled that the Whistleblowers Protection Bill 2015 (SB.158) was Sponsered by Senator Biodun Christine Olujimi and passed through first and second reading on March 15, 2016 and October 19, 2016 respectively.
The bill has since been referred to the committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters for further legislative action.