CSOs charge NASS to pass pending anti-corruption bills

OrderPaperToday- Civil activists have called on the National Assembly to pass all anti corruption bills currently awaiting action in the 8th Assembly.

The call was made at the presentation of the one year report on the whistle blower project, Corruption Anonymous (CORA), by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRIMIL) on Thursday in Abuja.

Speaking on the whistleblower policy, the Country Deputy Director of the MacArthur Foundation, Oladayo Olaide, decried the state of some of the anti-corruption bills in the National Assembly.

He said: “All the anti corruption bills in NASS are currently moribund because of ongoing activities of in the National Assembly…Citizens should demand the passage of this bills, enough is enough.”

Also speaking on the Whistleblower Policy, the Pioneer Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, noted that there is a need for synergy in the anti-corruption fight, adding that the synergy does not mean CSOs serving as “trumpets for government.”

The former anti-corruption czar added that the despite successes recorded on recovered loots, the policy is still not a “perfect document,” reiterating the need for whistleblower protection against harassment and intimidation.

In his introduction, the Coordinator of AFRIMIL, Chido Onumah listed some of the cases of reprisal against whistle blowers and the successes achieved by the organization in resolving those cases.

According to the report, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Auditing (PICA), through the whistleblower policy, has received about 1,983 tips and these have resulted in 4 convictions by the EFCC and the recoveries of N7.8bn, US$378m and £27,800.

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