By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
The whistleblower whose tips led to the recovery of the Osborn Villa loot will be paid this month, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has assured.
Her position was contained in a statement by her Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Oluyinka Akintunde, yesterday, following inquiries by Vanguard.
She said that the payment due to the whistleblower was being processed and would be paid in the next batch, which according to her, would be effected within this month.
The minister explained that the process for payment of reward to whistleblowers included being sure that such funds had no legal encumbrances, a request from the agency that recovered the funds, as well as, steps to identified and protect the whistleblower.
The statement reads in part, “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to media reports surrounding the payment to a whistleblower, who provided the tips that led to the recovery of funds stashed away in a property in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
“The Honourable Minister wishes to state unequivocally that the Federal Government has not withheld any fund due to any whistleblower. The Ministry has in place detailed procedures for processing payments due under the Whistleblower Policy. The procedures were designed to prevent abuse and legal disputes and to ensure protection of the information providers.
“These procedures include an application by the agency who recovered the funds including evidence of the recovery, confirmation that there are no pending legal issues on the recovery, verification of the identity of the information provider, calculation of the amount payable and computation of relevant taxes.
“It must be stated also that payments are made in monthly batches to ensure control and to protect the identity of information providers. To date, over 20 of such persons have been paid. From available records, the payment due on Ikoyi is among those being processed in the November batch, which will be released within the current month.
“The Minister reiterates that the Whistleblowing Policy of the Federal Government remains one of the current Administration’s successful initiatives and that the Government is fully committed to ensuring that all those who responded to the policy and partnered with Government in the recovery effort are paid in full and most importantly have their identity protected.”