Journalists Urged To Build Public Confidence In Anti-Corruption Fight

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The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has urged journalists to build public confidence and support for the whistle-blowing policy of the government.

This is during training on whistle-blowing and whistle-blowers protection in Lagos.

Chido Onumah, AFRICMIL’s coordinator noted that whistleblowing remains a strong tool for the fight against corruption and other forms of wrongdoing in society.

“Since 2017, AFRICMIL has been working on a project tagged Corruption Anonymous (CORA) which is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Onumah revealed that the project is designed to build public confidence and support for the whistleblowing policy of the government of Nigeria.

“We began by engaging this project on three major planks which include creating awareness and sensitizing the public to the importance of whistleblowing as a tool for fighting corruption and checking other forms of wrongdoing in the society, advocating honest implementation of the policy, and ensuring effective protection for people who are courageous enough to blow the whistle.”

Lanre Arogundade, Director, International Press Centre, called on the Federal Government to guarantee the protection of whistle-blowers and expedite the passage of the policy into law.

He urged the government to uphold its bargain, by paying whistle-blowers the percentage it promised them when they submit tips to encourage more tip-offs.

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