Whistleblowing As A Tool For Development And Combating Corruption: The Reality, And Way Forward
Whistle-blowing according to the Collins dictionary is the act of telling the authorities or the public that the organization you are working for or associated with, is doing something immoral or illegal.
Although Ralph Nader, an activist in the United States of America is said to have first coined the word ‘Whistleblower’ in the early 1970’s to avoid negative connotations such as “informer” and “snitch,” linguists say the origin of the dates back to the 19th century.
In Nigeria, there were no legal instruments backing whistleblowers until the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board.
Several efforts to get an act of parliament to back the act as a tool to stem the tide of corruption has not been successful with the whistleblowers bill of 2022 which was approved by the Federal Executive Council in December 2022 following claims that the whistleblower policy of 2016 has lost steam.
The act of whistleblowing has been credited as the reason for the recovery of certain sums in the country, but, questions such as; what is whistleblowing? continue to surface.
Also, questions such as; who is a whistleblower?
What constitutes the act?
Where can it be applied?
What guidelines are there?
How does it help society?
Why the delay in passing the bill? among others, have been asked.
These and more form the basis of this week’s ‘The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo’ with the topic: “Whistleblowing As A Tool For Development And Combating Corruption: The Reality, And Way Forward”.
The Coordinator, African Center for Media and Information Literacy, Chido Onumah and the Program Manager, Godwin Onyeacholem we’re guests.
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