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Lai Mohammed To Whistle-blowers, “We Will Protect, Reward You”

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The
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has
reiterated that the Federal
Government will protect and reward whistle-blowers who provide
information that leads to the recovery of stolen funds or assets.

 

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by his special adviser, Segun Adeyemi, Mr Mohammed said the Federal Government will protect the identity of all
whistle-blowers, whether in the public or the private sector, and also
ensure that the information they provide is kept secret.
”For
those who may have suffered any backlash as a result of the information
they provide, their cases will be reviewed and appropriate mitigating
actions taken,” he said.
The Minister said the assurance
followed the presentations made to the Presidential Assets Recovery
Committee by concerned citizens and groups about the safety of
whistle-blowers.
”Whistle-blowers have nothing to fear, because
the committee has put in place the necessary measures to safeguard those
who give useful information. As a matter of fact, whistle-blowers have
everything to gain and nothing to lose,” he said.
The Minister
said any whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of up to
1 billion Naira will receive 5% of the amount; that the reward for any
amount between 1 and 5 billion Naira will be 5% for the first 1 billion
Naira and 4% of the remaining 4 billion Naira, and that any amount over 5
billion Naira will attract 2.5% reward.
”For example, if a
whistle-blower provides information leading to the recovery of 10
billion Naira, he or she will receive 5% of the first 1 billion Naira,
4% of the next 4 billion Naira and 2.5% of the remaining 5 billion
Naira.
”What we have done by making this information public is
to reassure potential whistle-blowers that the plan to reward is real.
We are not just saying we will pay all whistle-blowers, but we are
letting them know in advance what they are entitled to, once the
information they provide leads to the recovery of looted funds,” he
said.

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