The Nigerian Senate has just passed a bill that seeks to protect those who expose corrupt practices in government – otherwise known as whistleblowers.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki shared the information via Twitter hours ago stating that the Senate will remain committed in the fight against corruption. He had earlier promised at the event of Senator Dino Melaye‘s book launch months ago that the bill would be passed in July.
The Whistleblower Protection Bill passed its first reading only last week and here are 5 things you should know about it:
“The bill, which is in recognition of Article 33 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption encourages state parties, seeks to develop legal frameworks for whistle-blowing and the protection of whistleblowers.”
“The bill seeks to ensure that persons who make disclosures and persons who may suffer reprisal in relation to such disclosures are protected under the law.”
“The bill specifies who is qualified to make disclosure of improper conduct, the procedure for making disclosure and the protection due to whistleblowers.”
“Under the bill, a person who makes a disclosure shall not be subject to victimization by his or her employers or fellow employees.”
“A whistleblower who makes a disclosure has the right to take legal action, if he or she is victimized, dismissed, suspended, declared redundant, transferred against his or her will, harassed or intimidated in any manner.”
The Senate says that with the passage of this bill, it has “concluded work on three anti-corruption bills”.