BEING COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF A ROUNDTABLE SESSION TO BRAINSTORM ON THE NEED FOR CREATION OF A WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION COALITION, ORGANIZED BY HEDA RESOURCE CENTRE IN COLLABORATION WITH PLATFORME DE PROTECTION DE LANCEURSD’ ALERTE, PPLAAF, WITH THE SUPPORT OF MACARTHUR FOUNDATION.
Concerned by the incessant persecution, victimization and threat faced by whistleblowers across the country and failure of government to provide political, legal and social safety nets to whistleblowers from reprisal attack, HEDA Resource Centre with support from MacArthur foundation convened a special brainstorming session to set the template for repositioning stakeholders support for whistleblowers.
Being first of its kind, the brainstorming session which was attended by participants drawn from BudgIT, PremiumTimes, HEDA Resource Centre, Civic Media Lab, SaharaTV, CLEEN Foundation, PLAYYA, Focus TV, Fox, Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Coalition and TIP focused on exchange of field experiences by participating organizations as a means of sharing the day-to-day challenges faced by these organizations in the course of carrying out their mandate of whistleblower protection. The initiative is, among others, to emphasize the overall goal of: Building public ownership for transparency and accountability in Nigeria.
Participants at the session individually shared their experiences and challenges of operating, maintaining and sustaining whistleblowers platform and, supporting victims of reprisal attack from whistleblowing. The following programmes/projects currently being executed by participating organizations were used as case studies:
Participants after extensive debates and cross-fertilization of ideas on the Seminar theme and sub themes observed as follows:
There is an urgent need to harmonize efforts in order to avoid duplication of project activities by different Stakeholders to ensure greater efficiency;
Mindful of the fact that for the current fight against corruption to record significant success, the three arms of government must be on the same page to unite against the cankerworm of corruption through collective action; representatives of the civil society, labour, media and other important stakeholders after an extensive deliberation hereby adopt the following resolutions and recommend as follows:
The above will in no little way serve as a panacea for an improved performance. The organizations resolved unanimously to forge a working collaboration across board. The meeting identified the need for greater level of cooperation among the organizations as a strategy to enhance performance among NGOs and CSOs working for transparency and accountability in governance and service delivery.