Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reassured whistle blowers of Federal Government’s protection.
The Minister gave the reassurance against the backdrop of the presentations made to the Presidential Assets Recovery Committee by concerned citizens and groups about the safety of whistle-blowers.
In a statement sent to DAILY POST by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, on Sunday, Mohammed said the Federal Government will protect the identity of all whistle-blowers and ensure that the information they provide is kept secret.
Mohammed also promised to review the cases of those who punished as a result of the information they provided.
According to Mohammed, ”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.
”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.”
Mohammed reiterated that any whistle-blower whose information leads to the “recovery of up to 1 billion Naira will receive 5% of the amount.”
He disclosed 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.”
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