Bill To Regulate Disclosures By Whistle Blowers Passes Second Reading
A Bill seeking to regulate the receiving and investigating disclosures by whistle blowers has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill sponsored by the leader of the house Femi Gbajabiamila and the chairman house committee on financial crimes Kayode Oladele seeks to provide legal structure for the whistle blowing policy.
The lawmakers said when passed into law, the Whistle Blowers’ Bill would go a long way to aid government’s fight against corruption. In his lead debate Kayode Oladele stressed the need to also protect victimisation of persons who make genuine disclosures.
Contributing to the debate Nkem Abonta form Abia state cautioned that provisions should be made such that the bill does not become a political weapon to deal with perceived or real enemies of political office holders. After unanimously passing the bill through a voice vote the speaker Yakubu
Dogara who presided over plenary referred it to the house committee on justice for further legislative input
By: Aisha Adesanya/Abuja