The Senate on Wednesday passed the Public Interest Disclosure and Complaints (Enactment) Bill 2021, also known as the Whistle blower bill.
Why it matters
A survey carried out by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) shows that 98.2% of Nigerians do not report cases of wrongdoings in a public office due to fear, victimization/stigmatization and nepotism. The bill echoes the need to provide a safe and legal framework for whistleblowers.
What they are saying
The chairman of the tasked committee, Senator Suleiman Kwari, said if signed into law, the bill would encourage Nigerians to disclose wrongful activities in a public office. He also explained that the bill streamlines a framework for rewarding and protecting the rights of whistleblowers.
The Nigerian Senate is encouraging Nigerians to join the bold fight against corruption and every other unlawful practice across all levels of public service.