CCB: Whistle blowing is veritable tool in corruption fight – Official

Mr Abu Simon of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on , described the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government as a veritable tool in the fight against corruption.

Simon, a Deputy Director, Reforms and Coordination Service Improvement, stated in an interview in Kaduna.

He, however, said that the effectiveness of the policy depends on how citizens the mechanism in reporting corrupt practices in their communities.

He commended the African Centre Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) mobilising Community-Based Organisations and grassroots Civil Society Organisations on whistle blowing.

According him, citizens engagement and involvement is critical winning the anti-corruption war in the country.

He added that the whistle blowing should be embraced as a tool battle corruption by all citizens.

“Corruption is stupendously high in the country affecting every community, including households and religious organisations.

“The money being lost corruption could transform country good, as such, everyone must be .

“We must continue talk about it and all citizens should join the crusade and report all forms of corruption, the whistle blowing mechanism.”

The official stressed the reorientation to discourage Nigerians from seeing corruption the lens of ethnicity and religion, adding that corruption must be seen as a crime against humanity.

AFRICMIL in partnership with Connected had begun series of community mobilisation to enlist community-based organisations and grassroots civil societies in fighting corruption at community levels.

The goal, according to AFRICMIL Coordinator, Chido Onumah, was to engage the community-based organisations to use the whistle blowing mechanism to demand for accountability and expose corruption at grassroots. (NAN)