ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate on Wednesday gave approval to at least five years imprisonment for anybody guilty of false whistle blowing or N10 million fine.
Also, the Upper Chamber concurred with five per cent reward to whistle blower on the money recovered in line with the Government’s current policy on whistle-blowing.
The Bill, which the report was considered and approved in the Senate, was sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi. The bill was read the first time on March 15, 2016.
The Senate, during its plenary session last October 19th, deliberated on the general principle of the bill. After exhaustive debate on the Bill it was passed into second reading and passed to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Right and Legal Matters for further legislative action.
The passage of the bill into law would encourage and facilitate disclosure of improper conduct by persons, public officers and corporate bodies both private and public.
The bill, when becomes law, would ensure adequate protection for the whistle blowers from reprisals, victimization, job losses, isolation, humiliation, which are some of the consequences for whistle blowing.
The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Right and legal matters chaired by Senator David Umaru, received memoranda on the Bill from Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Air Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Prison Service, National Human Right Commission, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) and Civil Society Organisations.
The findings of the committee showed that the stakeholders unanimously supported the passage of the Bill as it will give more impetus to fight against corruption.
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