About 700 billion Naira and physical assets has been recovered through whistle blowing since the implementation of the policy in 2016.
This is according to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, who stated this at the National conference on whistle blower policy in Nigeria, which held on Tuesday in Abuja.
In her welcome remarks she stated that the whistle blower conference was organized to harvest input from participants, to be able to develop a robust draft of whistle blower policy for the consideration and approval of Federal Executive Council and passage by the National Assembly.
The bill when passed into law will provide added protection for the blower. She added.
However, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on the Nigeria populace to leverage on the whistle blower protection policy to expose corrupt practices and perpetrators in their immediate environment.
According to him, fulfilling this moral obligation by citizens would help preserve the scarce resources from being looted which in turn would help the govt in delivering on its mandate of providing quality infrastructure, human capital development and economic progress.
He stated while declaring open the national conference on whistle blower policy in Nigeria, held in Abuja on Tuesday.
Prof. Osinbajo said the recoveries of looted funds, prosecution and convictions of corrupt public officers at the federal level, were made possible through tip off by whistle blowers. “It is therefore essential that the policy operates widely in states and local governments, being the closest tier to the people and overseers of about half of nation’s revenue.”