In a quote to result security for whistleblowers in the nation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) in addition to Civic Media Lab, Premium Times, Cleen Foundation and some other companies assembled in Lagos to go over on types of defense and security for people who expose corrupt practices by workplace holders in the nation.
Mr. Olanrewaju Suraj, Executive Director of HEDA keeping in mind that whistleblowers are vulnerable to attacks worried the need to secure whistleblowers in the nation as there is no law protecting them. He preserved that Nigerians depend on a lot on whistleblowers and they cannot be delegated suffer for a patriotic act. Mr. Suraj also regretted that people are not inspired in speaking up whenever they see corrupt practices going on because of the worry of attack.
” The federal government rest a lot on whistleblower but have disappointed requirement regarding securing whistleblowers from reprisal attacks and victimization. It appears that we are yet to construct the self-confidence of the people to with confidence blow the whistle,” he stated.
” There are also the experiences of what is reported in the news about previous whistleblowers of how they are either taken advantage of or damned and absolutely nothing is done. For us, it is necessary that we show together and match each other to offer the assistance required,” Mr. Suraj included.
HEDA Executive Director prompted the judiciary to result in quick judgment on whoever is prosecuted in corrupt practices and has been condemned.
” The Senate passed an expense which is not expansive enough while your house of Representatives is yet to pass its own variation of the costs. The federal government needs to set up a high level of privacy for those who blow whistles as well as screen and make sure a legal structure of a fast dispensation of cases of whistleblowers.”.
Mr. Shina Odugbemi, who existed at the occasion, regretted the lack of defense for whistleblowers after saying the significance of whistleblowers to the Nigeria economy and how they serve as guard dogs to political workplace holders.
” We depend seriously on whistleblowing to expose things that are not to be exposed and we feel the individuals that can do that need defense. The whistleblowers have threatened types. We need them for the public not to be scammed and enhance openness and responsibility in the way public funds are managed.”.
He additionally implicated the legal of being selective in expenses they enter law pointing that just costs that will prefer and benefit them are passed including that law-making bodies are selective in a few of the costs they deal with and how profitable they are with the costs.
Mr. Shina revealed that bodies associated with whistleblowing defense discourse will put the needed pressure on the legal, set in motion and inform people and make sure that there is no foot-dragging as far as this expense is worried.