The whistle blowing policy effectiveness cannot be over emphasized. The policy is driving the country to a greater height of accountability, transparency and corrupt free nation.
Today under the watch of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Festus Akanbi, the special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adosun disclosed to the public that the Ministry of Finance a lone has so far received over 2,351 tips off from member of the general public acting as whistleblowers bordering on cases of siphoning and embezzlement of government funds, looting of assets and contract inflation, scam activities etc.
Mr. Festus Akanbi, the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun stated that the whistleblowers tips off usually came via text messages, calls, email and forms filled on the Ministry of Finance’s official website. Mr. Festus Akanbi further stated that
“We have received 95 feedback through our website, http://www.whistle.finance.gov.ng, 1,550 tips came through calls on 09098067946 and SMS, 412.
“Also, 194 people sent us emails on email@example.com)
Mr. Festus Akanbi, the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun further said that out of the 2,351, the office was currently following up on 154 tips off, it had deemed actionable.
“Some of the tip types include: contract inflation and conversion of government assets to personal use, ghost workers, payment of unapproved funds and embezzlement of salaries of terminated personnel.
“Also reported include improper reduction of financial penalties, diversion of funds meant for distribution to a particular group of people, especially farmers and diversion of funds to personal commercial Bank Accounts to earn interest.
“Furthermore, we are following up on cases of non-remittance of pension and NHIS deductions, failure to implement projects for which funds have been provided, embezzlement of funds received from donor agencies and violation of TSA regulations by keeping funds in Commercial banks.
“We are also looking into violations of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) (VAT) regulation by adjusting Value Added Tax payment, non-procurement of equipment required for Aviation Safety, money laundering and diversion of funds meant for approved projects,” he said.
Mr. Festus Akanbi, the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun reiterated that top on the Minister’s agenda, as the Chairman of the Whistleblower programme, was to investigate illegal sale of government assets, diversion of Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), concealed bailout funds, Illegal recruitment and violation of procurement Act.
That last year 2016, that the Federal Government of Nigeria under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, set up the Whistleblower programme to make it easy for the general public to give important information bordering on corrupt practices, siphon of government fund, violation of financial regulations, mismanagement of public funds and assets and other fraudulent financial activities in the country and that the whistle blower will be protected and compensated with 2.5 per cent reward from the total money recovered based on the tips off.