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FG Confirms First Payments To Whistleblowers

The Federal Ministry of Finance  has confirmed release of N375.8M  to the first batch of 20 providers of information under the Whistleblower Policy. The payment, of various amounts totaling N375,875,000, relate to the recovery of N11,635,000,000 .

The Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun  stated that the payment, which is the first under the  Whistleblower Policy, underscores the commitment of the President Muhmmadu Buhari-led administration in meeting obligations to information providers under the Whistleblower Policy to fight corruption.

 

 

According to the statement released by the Director Information, Mr Salisu Na'inna She further disclosed  recent amendments to the Whistleblower Policy which includes  the introduction of a formal legal  agreement between  information providers and the Federal Government, which is executed by the Minister of Justice (Attorney-General of the Federation).
Procedures have also been introduced to ensure the protection of the identity of information providers during the payment process.

The Minister explained that all  payments are taxable and  are only made upon confirmation of the final recovery of assets as confirmed by the Attorney-General of the Federation as  being free of legal disputes or litigation.

It could be recalled that the Ministry of Finance has reported that following the approval of the Whistleblowers Policy by the Federal Executive Council and its launch by the Minister of Finance in December 2016, the WBU received 2, 150 communications and 337 tips through its dedicated channels from many patriotic Nigerians, which led to the recovery of substantial assets that were illegally acquired by various individuals.
The primary purpose of the Policy is to support the fight against financial crimes and corruption, promote   accountability and enhance transparency in the management of public finances.

 

 

Mrs. Adeosun assured that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to encourage all Nigerians with information on misconduct, violation or improper activity which can impact negatively on Nigeria  to report it to the appropriate authority. 

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