20 Whistle-blowers have received their reward from the federal government totalling a sum of N375.8 million for tips that amounted to the retrieval of N11.6 billion.
Salisu Dambatta, director of press at the ministry of finance, signed a statement that said the government received 2,150 communications and 337 tips through its dedicated channels from many patriotic Nigerians.
“The Federal Ministry of Finance has confirmed release of N375.8M to the first batch of 20 providers of information under the Whistleblower Policy. The payment, of various amounts totaling N375,875,000, relate to the recovery of N11,635,000,000,” the statement read.
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun has said the Whistle-blower policy which allows the government give a fee for useful tip offs is essential in the fight against corruption.
“This payment, which is the first under the Whistleblower Policy, underscores the commitment of the President Muhmmadu Buhari-led administration in meeting obligations to information providers under the Whistleblower Policy. The policy is an essential tool in the fight against corruption,” Adeosun said.