Lagos Govt. Adopts Whistle-blowing To Tackle Building Collapse

The Lagos State government has appealed to residents of the state to call its attention to any illegal development in any area of the state.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowoshe, noted that whistle-blowing was the best way to tackle that incessant building collapse in the state.

He made the call on Monday at the site of a collapsed building in Idumota, Lagos Island, said to be a defective three-storey building under illegal renovation with occupants residing in it.

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Mr Anifowoshe said: “This is one out of several worrisome experiences we face every day on the job. Dealing with illegal developments here and there in Lagos State should be a joint effort between Lagosians (residents) and government.

“We need information of such unlawful activities from responsible Lagosians, so as to be able to curb the excesses of unscrupulous developers and owners of property in Lagos State”.

He disclosed that the state government has recruited more field officers to ensure effective monitoring of defective structures, stressing that government cannot do it alone.

“A distress call to 767 or 117 would have averted this ugly incident. In this particular case, the owners took advantage of the long holiday and the fact that the building is hidden right inside those narrow streets in Lagos Island to quickly carry out an unlawful renovation but unfortunately, the building came down,” the commissioner stated.

He, however, said that the State Rescue Team from relevant agencies were making combined efforts in the ongoing rescue operation being carried out at the site.

Anifowoshe added that so far, reports showed that two people have died while 14 other victims who were trapped have been rescued alive and given adequate medical treatment.

Bauchi To Adopt Whistle-blowing Policy

The Bauchi State government has announced plans to adopt the whistle-blowing policy of the Federal Government in the state civil service in order to block financial leakages and rid the state of ghost workers.

Governor Muhammad Abubakar who stated this in Bauchi while addressing workers at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium says looted funds recovered by the state will be used for the development of the state.

The governor further said that the state will no longer allow the wastage of government funds under any circumstance.
“I am going to introduce the whistle-blower policy to the civil service of Bauchi State,” he said.

He explained that under the policy, if anyone proves that a local government for instance has ghost workers on its payroll, the person would be rewarded and may even be promoted.

NAPTIP To Adopt Whistle-Blowing Policy In Curbing Human Trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it is adopting the whistle-blowing policy of the government to curb human trafficking.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja; the Director General of the agency; Missus Julie Okah Donli says whistle blowers will get 5% of the proceeds realized from arrested human trafficking syndicate.

In her words she said, “You don’t whistle-blow for nothing, but when we put everything in place there is definitely going to be a reward for every whistle-blower”.

She further stated that human trafficking goes beyond poverty but instead moral decadence, adding that education and awareness is key.

The NAPTIP boss also says the agency has started a weekly sensitization campaign all over the country, as part of efforts in tackling the illegal venture.

FG Approves Whistle-blowing Policy On Arms

FG Approves Whistle-blowing Policy On ArmsWhistle-blowing in Nigeria is now being extended beyond financial crimes, to illegal ownership of small arms and light weapons.

The Presidency has started drawing up the rules of a whistle-blower mechanism to throw a spotlight on the regime of gun ownership and control in the country.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publcity, Mr Garba Shehu, in a statement said the move was made to disarm communities, especially those with an inclination to violence.

He added that the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), has started working on a template for uncovering illegal weapons through a reward system, similar to the Whistle-blower Policy under the Ministry of Finance.

“The ONSA initiative may be an independent line of inquiry or in active collaboration with what the government is doing in Finance. This will be a sort of searchlight on weapons ownership in the country.

“Whatever form or shape it takes, the administration wants to take a tough line to curtail the large number of illegal weapons in circulation used in intra and inter-communal conflicts,” the President’s spokesman explained.

EFCC Raids Adoke’s Kano Home For Documents

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has allegedly raided the Kano home of a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke in search of “vital documents”.

Sources revealed that the documents, could help the security agencies in establishing a solid case against Adoke, who has already been charged along with eight others over the $1.3 billion controversial Malabu Oil payout.

The Federal Government through the EFCC, had accused Adoke of spearheading the huge payment of $1.3 billion to Malabu, influential individuals and their firms under the guise of settling the protracted legal tussle over the ownership of the lucrative oil block, OPL 245.

While the EFCC operatives reportedly stormed the Kano residence of the former minister, located at No. 3 Alu Avenue, Nasarawa GRA in the early hours of Wednesday, reports say nothing incriminating was found at the end of the operation.

EFCC Discovers Huge Sums Of Money In Ikoyi Apartment

Its another major breakthrough for the EFCC, as the agency on Wednesday, reportedly busted a home where it says it recovered huge sums of money in Dollars, Pounds and in Naira.

Although the agency did not disclose details of the home from which the huge cash was recovered, it says it recovered 43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and another 27,000 Pounds, from an apartment somewhere in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state.

EFCC Officials at Ikoyi Apartment

This huge discovery is coming days after the EFCC operatives announced the recovery of €547,730 and £21,090 as well as N5,648,500 from a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos.

Also, prior to that recovery, the commission recovered another huge sum of money, hidden in an abandoned shop also in Lagos.

EFCC Official Inspecting Money discovered at Ikoyi Apartment

Nigeria Whistleblowers To Get Part Of Recovered Loot

Kemi Adeosun on Whistle Blowing Programme The Federal Executive Council in Nigeria on Wednesday approved a Whistle Blowing Programme to check improper activities and aid the fight against corruption.

The programme by the Ministry of Finance is designed to encourage anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on the Nigerian people and government to report it.

According to the Ministry there is a reward for persons that will give relevant information under the programme.

Briefing reporters on the nature of the programme after the Council’s meeting on Wednesday, minister of finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said “any person who voluntarily discloses information in good faith about a possible misconduct or violation that has occurred, is ongoing, or is about to occur will receive a certain amount of financial reward from 2.5 to five per cent of the amount recovered”.

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The Nigerian government promises a reward for anyone that will give information on the portal provided for the Whistle Blowing Programme

She says a secure online portal will be opened where the information can be submitted

“It encourages anyone with information about the violation of government regulations, mismanagement of public funds, assets frauds, financial malpractice and other associated conduct to report it.

“It covers disclosure of information leading to the return of Nigeria’s stolen or concealed funds and assets.

“Anyone who has already submitted information can also check the status of his report on the portal,” she said.

Mrs Adeosun told reporters that the programme was in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General of the Federations and would be backed by a law to be enacted by the National Assembly.

According to her, the whistle blower would be protected against sanctions and would be accommodated under a reward scheme should the whistle blower be sacked from office as a result of the information provided.

Since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office in 2015 he has left no one in doubt that he is out to fight corruption in Nigeria.

Council members were said to have supported the programme which kicks off as a stop gap until the National Assembly comes up with a law to back the fight against corruption in the country.

Many concerned Nigerians are, however, waiting to see who will be blow the first whistle.

The Council also approved an emergency repair work on the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano which has been in a state of disrepair as well as continuation of work on the second Niger Bridge in the south east.