ABUJA — Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said Tuesday that the federal government has received over 5,000 whistleblowing tips but only 365 were considered actionable.
Since December 2016, when the policy was instituted in the country, the government said it had made first batch payment of N375.8 million to 20 whistleblowers who provided information that led to the recovery over N11.6 billion.
Adeosun, who spoke on “The Whistleblower Policy and its Implications for Public Servants” at the Bureau for Public Service Reform lunch time seminar, disclosed that the second batch of payment was on the way.
She disclosed that of the 365 actionable tips received, over half of them came from public servants touching on issues such as contract inflation, ghost workers, illegal recruitments, misappropriation of funds, illegal sale of Government assets, diversion of revenues, and violation of TSA regulations, amongst others.
Adeosun, who commended the civil servants for being patriotic by volunteering information that was yielding result, said however, there is a long way to go, adding, “we must do more”.
“Part of our work is to analyse trends and take corrective actions. For example many of the salary, tax and pension under remittance cases shared a common thread,” she said.
“Several cases where institutions were found to have insufficient funds to meet their obligations often had illegal recruitments which bloated the wage bill and agencies responded by part paying or short paying salaries, whilst applying to FG for salary shortfall payments. We are revising our procedures for approval of recruitment, which will improve our budgeting and control.
“Equally in many cases where revenue has been diverted to accounts outside TSA, we have reviewed our reconciliation and receipting processes. So the information being provided is useful in driving process improvements.
“If as a civil servant, you have information about a possible misconduct or violation that has occurred, is on-going, or is about to occur, we implore you to come forward and report it.”