Whistleblower Protection Awareness march to the NASS to promote the passage of the whistleblower Protection Awareness bill and other Anti-Corruption bills

Whistleblower Protection Awareness march to the NASS to promote the passage of the whistleblower Protection Awareness bill and other Anti-Corruption bills
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Whistleblower Protection Awareness march to the NASS to promote the passage of the whistleblower Protection Awareness bill and other Anti-Corruption bills.

CALL ON THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO ENSURE THE PASSAGE OF WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTION AND OTHER ANTI-CORRUPTION BILLS.

Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), in collaboration with Premium Times, CLEEN Foundation, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), AFRICMIL, CIVIC MEDIA LAB, BUDGIT, Strength in Diversity Development Centre (SDDC), Interfaith Anti-Corruption Network, Interfaith Initiative for Accountability and Transparency in Nigeria, Say No Campaign and PLAYYA under the Whistle Blower coalition hereby seize the opportunity of today’s Whistle Blower Awareness March to demand from honourable members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives the immediate passage into laws the Whistle Blower Protection and other anti-corruption bills currently  on the floor of both the Green and Red chambers.

Most unequivocally we are asking that the 8th National Assembly should ensure that it does not round-off its sitting without the passage into law all pending anti-corruption bills.

We believe that this call would not have come at a better time than now when the constitutional Four-year life span of the 8TH National Assembly is gradually coming to an end.

Corruption is an enemy to socio-political and economic development of any country. Corruption reduces public revenue with direct consequences to health care delivery, education and other social infrastructures. Corruption does not only serve to fuel the flame of terrorism, it most dangerously retards the wheel of peaceful co-existence among citizens. Giving the endemic nature of the cankerworm, nations all over the world are more than before taking additional precautions against this modern-day decimator. This is why the sing song by many Nigerians is the echoes of the need to tackle the menace of public and private corruption by any legal means.

It is on record that the 8th national Assembly has since its inception responded to this need by initiating bills geared towards invigorating the current war against corruption but nothing would be more dignifying than for the assembly to complete the processes. The bills here referred to include;

  • Whistle Blowers Protection Bill 2016
  • Public Interest Disclosure and Witness Protection Bill 2017
  • Proceeds of Crime Bill 2017
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2016
  • Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill 2017

Interestingly, many of our coalition members have been part of the process to ensure that these bills are passed into law.  For instance, our coalition members have at different times devoted intellectual work, time, even materials to ensure that these bills see the light of the day. Concretely, we were involved in research, publications, workshops, legislative advocacy, public reading and debates.

As a symbol of historic request and again to dramatize the essence, we have brought with us a symbolic gift of 469 whistles, each for every member of the Green and Red chambers in the hope that it will serve as a reminder to this historic demand.  

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