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  A cross section of participants at the event in Abuja on Thursday A coalition of anti corruption Civil Society Organizations CSOs called on Tuesday in Abuja for the establishment of a protection and whistleblowing law in the country The group made the call at a day long stakeholder meeting organized by the Center for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL and the International Whistleblower Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation Discussions at the workshop focused on the need for a legal framework to protect whistleblowers Mr Chido Onumah Coordinator of AFRICMIL said that the meeting aimed to map out strategies that would produce advocacy tools to achieve the enactment of a whistleblowing law in Nigeria It is important to realize that whistleblowing is a vital mechanism for accountability and good governance Whistleblowers like journalists demand that power be held accountable They play an invaluable role in exposing corruption fraud mismanagement and other misdeeds that threaten society In doing so they take high personal risks They can be fired sued blacklisted arrested threatened or even assaulted or killed in extreme cases Today in Nigeria there are many whistleblowers facing all kinds of backlash in their offices Shielding them from such punishments will promote and facilitate the fight against corruption while also improving openness and accountability in government and corporate workplaces Citizens have the right to report wrongdoing because it is also an extension of their fundamental right to freedom of expression Onumah said In her contribution Ms Liliane Mouan Corruption and Human Rights Adviser at Amnesty International West Africa said that whistleblowing legislation remains an important tool in the fight against corruption He noted that corruption has wreaked havoc on nations and that whistleblowing legislation should be encouraged to end the threat In another contribution Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu Executive Director SAY NO Campaign urged civil society groups to build strong coalitions that would drive whistleblower protection and reporting in West Africa We need to rethink the scope as well and confront the realities when we get there We need to build a formidable coalition Coalition is hard work People fight to form coalitions but coalitions are stillbirths where there are no defined goals We need to define leadership define membership define why people come together and the urgency of time needs to be indicated Nwagwu said edited Source Credit NAN
CSOs advocate for whistle-blower protection law

yle=”text-align: left;”>A cross-section of participants at the event in Abuja on Thursday.

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Civil Society Organizations

A coalition of anti-corruption Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) called on Tuesday in Abuja for the establishment of a protection and whistleblowing law in the country.

Center for Media and Information Literacy

The group made the call at a day-long stakeholder meeting organized by the Center for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and the International Whistleblower Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation.

Discussions at the workshop focused on the need for a legal framework to protect whistleblowers.

Chido Onumah

Mr. Chido Onumah, Coordinator of AFRICMIL, said that the meeting aimed to map out strategies that would produce advocacy tools to achieve the enactment of a whistleblowing law in Nigeria.

“It is important to realize that whistleblowing is a vital mechanism for accountability and good governance.

“Whistleblowers, like journalists, demand that power be held accountable. They play an invaluable role in exposing corruption, fraud, mismanagement, and other misdeeds that threaten society.

“In doing so, they take high personal risks. They can be fired, sued, blacklisted, arrested, threatened, or even assaulted or killed in extreme cases.

“Today in Nigeria, there are many whistleblowers facing all kinds of backlash in their offices.

“Shielding them from such punishments will promote and facilitate the fight against corruption, while also improving openness and accountability in government and corporate workplaces.

“Citizens have the right to report wrongdoing because it is also an extension of their fundamental right to freedom of expression,” Onumah said.

Liliane Mouan

In her contribution, Ms. Liliane Mouan, Corruption and Human Rights Adviser at Amnesty International, West Africa, said that whistleblowing legislation remains an important tool in the fight against corruption.

He noted that corruption has wreaked havoc on nations and that whistleblowing legislation should be encouraged to end the threat.

Ezenwa Nwagwu

In another contribution, Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, Executive Director, “SAY NO Campaign”, urged civil society groups to build strong coalitions that would drive whistleblower protection and reporting in West Africa.

“We need to rethink the scope as well and confront the realities when we get there.

“We need to build a formidable coalition. Coalition is hard work. People fight to form coalitions, but coalitions are stillbirths where there are no defined goals.

“We need to define leadership, define membership, define why people come together and the urgency of time needs to be indicated,” Nwagwu said.

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