Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has come out to say that the whistleblower policy should be extended to public safety, security, gross mismanagement of the rights of people, and waste of resources.
Osinbajo revealed this recently in a keynote address delivered virtually at the National Conference on Whistleblower Policy.
According to him, the fact that whistleblowing only concerns corruption right now is not good enough, since there are several other problems that can be looked at.
He added that exposing corruption is for the good of Nigeria but the policy can surely be a lot broader.
His words, “It is clear that under the current whistleblowing policy, it is only with respect to acts of corruption that whistleblowing is considered lawful. However, there is a whole range of issues that may not endanger public finance directly but may constitute public safety or security risks. Reporting such may save lives and or property.”
“The scope may then cover such matters as a violation of law, gross mismanagement of the rights of people and waste of public resources, or acts inimical to public health or safety.”
“Although, some progress have been achieved through this policy, especially at the Federal Level – with recoveries, prosecutions, and convictions; it is essential that the policy operates widely in States and Local Governments as the tiers closest to the people and overseers of about half of the nation’s revenues.”
“Exposing corruption is for the good of our nation. Our goal in this regard is to harness the huge potential of the people to deliver on their moral obligation to report cases of corruption within their immediate environments.”
“As we deliberate on the finer details of the implementation of this policy, we must consistently remind ourselves of the importance of the task at hand notwithstanding the difficulties.”