Sacked Whistle-blower To Be Reinstated If…
Whistle-blowing, which the Nigerian government encourages as part of strategies to check corrupt practices, earned an assistant director with the Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), Mr Ntia Thompson, a sack.
He had allegedly raised an alarm that $229,000 and 800,000 Naira had been diverted by key officials in DTCA, an agency under Foreign Affairs Ministry.
According to critics, it is a circumstance that may discourage other persons from giving out information that could lead to the recovery of looted funds.
He may, however, get his job back after investigations.
Addressing reporters on the issue, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said on Friday that Mr Thompson, sacked by the Ministry over whistle blowing, would be reinstated, if actually his appointment was wrongfully terminated.
Onyeama told reporters that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had directed him to look into the matter.
He said he had a comprehensive report on that matter and that steps would be taken to ensure that justice was done on all the issues that were raised.
"I want to tell Nigerians that whistle-blower protection is what we subscribed to wholeheartedly and completely in the ministry and it is government’s position and directive.
"I personally assure you that throughout my tenure, I will do everything possible to protect whistle blower in the ministry.
"Because the agenda of the government is a clear one that will embrace whistle-blower," he said
He promised to look at the report and keep the public informed about the outcome of his findings.
According to him, if there is a slightest possibility that there could have been any action that was taken as a result of the person being a whistle-blower, damages would be paid.
"I can give you a guarantee that damages would be paid and the person would be reinstated.
would be taken on this. As far as this ministry is concern justice would be
done," he pledged.