You Can Now Blow That Whistle Without Fear
Aspiring and established whistleblowers can now heave a sigh of relief.
The Bill, which seeks to encourage and facilitate the disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies, has been passed by the Senate.
The Bill also seeks to ensure that persons who make disclosures and persons who may suffer reprisals in relation to such disclosures are protected under the law.
The Bill specifies who is qualified to make disclosure of improper conduct; the procedure for making disclosures; and the protection due to ‘whistleblower.’
Under the newly passed Bill, a person who makes a disclosure shall not be subject to victimisation by his or her employers or by fellow employees.
In addition, such a person has the right to take legal action if he or she is dismissed, suspended, declared redundant, transferred against his or her will, harassed or intimidated.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, described the passage of the bill as “a promise kept” with Nigerians.