The Federal Government is in receipt of no fewer than 400,000 telephone short messages from whistleblowers on looted funds, Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, said yesterday.
Mohammed told The Nation on Saturday that contrary to speculations that the Whistleblowers Policy might be on the wane, it is thriving quietly and the “discreet but vigorous support from Nigerians” can ensure eventual return of more billions of looted funds.
He said Federal Government’s optimism rests on Nigerians’ massive embrace of the policy.
A web portal, http://whistle.finance.gov.ng, has been launched by the Whistleblower Unit (WBU), a multi-agency team, resident in Federal Ministry of Finance Headquarters for the recording of information on violation of financial regulations, mismanagement of public funds and assets, financial malpractice or fraud and theft that is deemed to be in the interest of the public.
Giving a breakdown of citizens’ preferred means of communicating tips on the existence of looted funds, Alhaji Mohammed advised more Nigerians to “take advantage of the Federal Government’s Whistleblower Policy even though it is clear that people’s interest is being sustained.
”As of 21st September this year, we had received a number of communication totaling 2940 and this includes enquiries , tips, compliments and general advice from the public.
”We have received, through our Whistleblower website, 208 enquiries , and 1580 telephone calls.
Government, he added, has recently received 35 classified tips and another set of 546 unclassified ones.
”We have received 79 tips through telephone calls; 413, 213 through SMS and 145 through our websites.
”Through e-mails, we received 109,” he said.