By Bishop Anthony Abiodun Mayungbo

Anti-corruption activists have called on the National Assembly to promulgate a law to protect whistleblowers from intimidation or retaliation.

The stakeholders also asked the Federal Ministry of Finance to provide financial assistance for whistleblowers in both public and private sectors who were sacked for their patriotic action

The AFRICMIL coordinator insisted that the measures put in place to check wrongdoing in public and private institutions were helpful, but not adequate, noting that whistleblowers were still afraid to come forward for fear of retaliation.

Onumah stated, “In the last two years of our engagement with the whistleblowing policy as well as with whistleblowers, the major issue has been the lack of a legal framework to protect whistleblowers who face intimidation or threats.

“To this end, AFRICMIL has been working with partners to develop a draft ‘Whistleblower Protection Bill’ which will be a basis for engagement with relevant stakeholders in the coming months.”

“This engagement involved a review of a draft civil society bill developed almost two decades ago and other failed attempts at the National Assembly. We have undertaken a comparative analysis of whistleblower protection legislation in Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, and the United Kingdom,” he added.

A former Director-General, Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, Prof. Abdullahi Shehu, called for engagement with NASS to ensure speedy passage of the proposed legislation.