The programme is designed to encourage anyone with information about a violation, misconduct or improper activity that impacts negatively on Nigerians and government to report such via a secure online portal, by e-mail or by phone.
The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting Presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistleblower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5 per cent (minimum) and 5.0 per cent (maximum) of the total amount recovered,” Adeosun said.
“You must have provided the government with information it does not already have and could not otherwise obtain from any other publicly available source to the government.”
She described the programme as a stop-gap policy pending when the National Assembly would pass into law a Whitleblower Bill.
“If you have already submitted your information, you can also check the status of your report on the portal,” the minister said.
The type of information expected to be submitted include: Mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds and assets (e.g. properties and vehicles), financial malpractice or fraud, collecting/soliciting bribes, corruption, diversion of revenues, fraudulent and unapproved payments, splitting of contracts and procurement fraud (kickbacks and over-invoicing etc.)
“It will be referred to the relevant agencies: Police, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) or Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” Adeosun said.
“If an investigation is opened, the nature and complexity of the matters under investigation will dictate the time frame. You can always independently monitor the status or progress report with code generated,” the minister said.