AFRICMIL Seeks Protection For Whistle-Blowers, To Host Townhall In Calabar

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By Godwin Otang

For 6 years and still counting, the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has sustained the fight against corruption through the whistleblowing policy in Nigeria.

The organization’s implementation of the Corruption Anonymous (CORA) project is aimed at persuading citizens to join the fight against corruption, by supporting the whistleblowing policy which the federal government introduced as an anti-corruption strategy since December 2016.

However, in furtherance of the project, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), has concluded plans to host a Town Hall meeting in Calabar, Cross River state capital, on July 27, 2023, to sensitize citizens on the importance of whistleblowing, as a way of exposing corruption.

The event’s objectives are to sensitize citizens on the importance of whistleblowing as a tool for fighting corruption and addressing other forms of wrongdoing, as well as the need to ensure complete protection for courageous citizens facing punishment for blowing the whistle. 

In a statement signed by Chido Onumah, and obtained by CrossRiverWatch in Calabar, AFRICMIL states, “The theme for the Townhall meeting is “Strengthening the Whistleblowing Policy Implementation through Whistleblower Protection.”

It added, “Participants will be drawn from anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies, civil society, the Media, and the general public.”

The Executive Director of Policy Alert, Mr. Tijah-Bolton Akpan, and CrossRiverWatch Managing Editor, Mr. Archibong Jeremiah are to speak in the town hall.

The event is in continuation of activities for the Corruption Anonymous (CORA) project, as a way of implementing and sustaining the fight against corruption across the country.

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