See How to 'Blow That Whistle And Prosper' - EFCC
Nigeria's foremost Anti-graft agency is educating Nigerians on how to take advantage of the 'Whistle Blower Programme'.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday put in public domain, information that Nigerians need to engage in 'Whistle Blowing' to save the nation from corrupt government officials.
The secret popping programme also extends to private companies which engage in illegal activities.
What Kind of Information Do I Submit?
The EFCC says you should watch individuals who engage in the violation of government’s financial regulations including:
1. Failure to comply with the Financial Regulations Act, Public Procurement Act and other external laws
2. Mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and asserts
3. Stealing of information or concealing data that would improve operations.
4. Financial malpractice or fraud, theft, collecting or soliciting bribes.
5. Diversion and or under-reporting of revenues and conversion of funds for personal use.
6. Fraudulent and unapproved payments, splitting of contracts, procurement fraud (kickbacks and over-invoicing, etc.)
7. Violation of public procurement procedures.
Where and How Do I File a Report?
Reports may be made through any of the following three channels.
1. Via SMS to 09098067946
2. Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. By logging on to the whistleblowers’ portal at http://www.finance.gov.ng.
4. If you prefer a face-to-face interface in the disclosure and management of whistle blowing information, you will have to visit the EFCC office closest to you.
5. You can also reach out to the commissioner via these hotlines. +234-9-9044751, +23499044752, +23499044753, +2348093322644.
Am I Protected?
A whistle blower may choose to remain anonymous, which is provided for by Section 39(1) of the EFCC Act.
"...officers of the Commission cannot be compelled to disclose the identity of their informants."
"Any individual (internal or external) who has made a genuine disclosure and who fills that, as a result, he or she has suffered adverse treatment in retaliation should file a formal complaint to an independent panel of inquiry, that shall be set-up to handle such complaint, detailing his/her adverse treatment,” the Federal Ministry of Finance highlighted.
The whistle blower is entitled to 2.5% or 5% of any amount recovered as a result of information provided. Over 325 million Naira has been paid out already to whistle blowers.
While the anti-graft agency wants individuals to'blow the whistle and prosper' it also highlighted that any individual provides false or misleading information, will be referred to the enforcement agents.
No blow wrong whistle oooo! Ehen.