The policy of whistleblowing ought to be extended to protect voting and other electioneering procedures, to control vote buying and other electoral malpractice, Dr. Garba Abari, Director-Normal, Nationwide Orientation Agency (NOA), has claimed.
Abari spoke at the formal launch of Corruption Nameless (CORA), a whistleblowing platform, a very good governance initiative of the African Centre for Media and Details Literacy (AFRICMIL) in conjunction with the Yar’Adua Basis at the Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja.
The platform which is supported by the MacArthur Foundation, guarantees to safe the id of whistleblowers.
Abari, who was represented by the Director of Press, Mr. Paul Odenyi, suggested AFRICMIL and Yar’Adua Basis to lengthen the whistleblowing system to election issues.
He pressured that it would go a lengthy way to suppress vote obtaining, so-called obtaining of Lasting Voters Card (PVC), and sorting of the voters at voting centres.
The Corruption Anonymous Whistleblowing system is expected to offer alternatives to report corruption and rekindle pursuits in the Federal Government’s Whistleblower Coverage.
Talking at the unveiling of the initiative, the Director of AFRIMIL, Chido Onumah, reported that the CORA whistleblowers initiative was a crucial software that would tackle the gaps hampering whistleblowing by citizens.
The system, he said, would present reporting selections for the people today, which will ultimately enrich the government’s suggestion-sharing program run by the Presidential Initiative on Continual Audit (PICA).
”CORA whistleblowing system, the civil- society-pushed community reporting selection that we are launching today, serves as an priceless software that would fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made combating corruption by way of whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens.
”The CORA platform will complement the government’s whistleblowing system managed by PICA and make it a lot much easier for citizens to post suggestions anonymously, with no concern of becoming exposed and confident that the guidelines will be taken care of.
”Our aim for this challenge is to have a citizenry that is delicate to its function in combating corruption. As Nigerians, we should be aware that the struggle against corruption is not one to be left to the federal government on your own. Legally and morally, we all have roles to participate in, and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to assure.”