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 African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL with support from other partners on Thursday in Abuja unveiled a whistleblowing platform to increase citizens participation in anti corruption fight Dr Chido Onumah the Coordinator of the centre said the platform named Corruption Anonymous CORA would help to deepen accountability in governance He said that the introduction of the whistle blowing policy on Dec 22 2016 was to involve citizens in the fight against corruption Onumah said CORA was unveiled to support government and ensure that the fight against corruption made the desired impact The coordinator observed that the whistleblowing policy initially hailed as one of the most effective of all the anti corruption strategies by the government was virtually fizzling out The reason for the lack of interest in whistleblowing has been well highlighted in the report of the survey on five years of whistleblowing which AFRICMIL published in December 2021 Key findings among others are that an overwhelming 98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that corruption is the country s major problem but that they lack knowledge of what to report and channel of reporting It is against this backdrop that the CORA whistleblowing platform the civil society driven public reporting option that we are launching today serves as an invaluable tool It will fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made fighting corruption through whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens he said Onumah said that the CORA platform would complement government s whistleblowing platform managed by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA Our goal for this project is to have a citizenry that is sensitive to its role in fighting corruption As Nigerians we must be aware that the fight against corruption is not one to be left for the government alone Legally and morally we all have roles to play and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to ensure he said The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami was represented by Mr Abiodun Aikomo the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes commended AFRICMIL for the initiative at the event Malami said that a robust legislation for the protection of whistle blowers was ongoing adding that the government was not relenting in the fight against corruption The truth of the matter is corruption is a problem that we are dealing with as a people It is not a government affair it is a we all of us Nigerians affair So we need the cooperation collaboration support and the buy in of everybody Government cannot do it alone So we need everybody I want you to know that government is committed to bringing everybody on board So people are welcome to blow the whistle to make sure that we destroy and tackle corruption said the minister Prof Bolaji Owasanoye the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC represented by Mrs Anne Odey a member of the ICPC board welcomed the initiative Owasanoye who said it would greatly help in the fight against corruption advised that the platform be made easily accessible as well create secured and confidential hotlines for informants and the information received This he said was necessary to strengthen an ethical environment devoid of victimisation and reprisals He also called for a continuous public enlightenment to ensure sustainability and avoid false and mischievous complaints and reports Dr Garba Abari Director General National Orientation Agency NOA represented by the Director of Press Mr Paul Odenyi called on AFRICMIL and Yar Adua Foundation to extend the whistleblowing platform to election matters This is an opportunity for us to raise the issue of transactional politics that is denting our elections people are buying and selling votes as if it is a market place So if the platform can be used to blow whistle on those who try to corrupt our electoral system like we witnessed during the party primaries and in elections it will help Abari said NewsSourceCredit NAN
Anti-corruption: Centre unveils whistleblowing platform for citizens’ action

African Centre for Media and Information Literac

African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL),with support from other partners  on Thursday in Abuja, unveiled a whistleblowing platform to increase citizens’ participation in anti-corruption fight.

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Chido Onumah

Dr Chido Onumah, the Coordinator of the centre said the platform, named Corruption Anonymous (CORA), would help to deepen accountability in governance.
He said that the introduction of the whistle blowing policy on Dec. 22, 2016, was to involve citizens in the fight against corruption.
Onumah said CORA was unveiled to support government and ensure that the fight against corruption made the desired impact.
The coordinator observed that the whistleblowing policy, initially hailed as one of the  most effective of all the anti-corruption strategies by the government, was virtually fizzling out.
“The reason for the lack of interest in whistleblowing has been well highlighted in the report of the survey on five years of whistleblowing which AFRICMIL published in December 2021.
“Key findings, among others, are that an overwhelming 98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that corruption is the country’s major problem, but that they lack knowledge of what to report and channel of reporting.
“It is against this backdrop that the CORA whistleblowing platform, the civil-society-driven public reporting option that we are launching today, serves as an invaluable tool.
“It will fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made fighting corruption through whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens,‘’ he said.

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Presidential Initiative

Onumah said that the CORA platform would complement government’s whistleblowing platform managed by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).
“Our goal for this project is to have a citizenry that is sensitive to its role in fighting corruption.
“As Nigerians, we must be aware that the fight against corruption is not one to be left for the government alone.
“Legally and morally, we all have roles to play, and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to ensure,’’ he said.

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Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, was represented by Mr Abiodun Aikomo, the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes, commended AFRICMIL for the initiative at the event.
Malami  said that  a robust legislation for the protection of whistle-blowers was ongoing, adding that the government was not relenting in the fight against corruption.
“The  truth of the matter is, corruption is a problem that we are dealing with as a people.
“It is not a government affair, it is a we, all of us Nigerians affair. So, we need the cooperation, collaboration, support and the buy in  of everybody.
“Government cannot do it alone. So, we need everybody, I want  you to know that government is committed to bringing everybody on board.
“So, people are welcome to blow the whistle, to make sure that we destroy and tackle corruption,’’ said the minister.

Bolaji Owasanoye

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), represented by Mrs Anne Odey, a member of the ICPC board, welcomed the initiative.
Owasanoye, who said it would greatly help in the fight against corruption, advised that the platform be made easily accessible, as well create secured and confidential hotlines for informants and the information received.
This, he said, was necessary to strengthen an ethical environment devoid of victimisation and reprisals.
He also called for a continuous public enlightenment to ensure sustainability and avoid false and mischievous complaints and reports.

Garba Abari

Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), represented by the Director of Press, Mr Paul Odenyi, called on AFRICMIL and Yar’Adua Foundation to extend the whistleblowing platform to election matters.
“This is an opportunity for us to raise the issue of transactional politics that is denting our elections, people are buying and selling votes as if it is a market place.
“So if the platform can be used to blow whistle on those who try to corrupt our electoral system like we witnessed during the party primaries and in elections, it will help,’’ Abari said.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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