Whistle Blowers Policy: A Right Step To Fighting Nigeria’s Goliath – Hon. Eteng Williams

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By Missang Akpet

The member representing Yakurr II in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Eteng Jones Williams has described Corruption as Nigeria’s Goliath and a canker-worm which has eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigerian system.

 

The lawmaker who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen on the Whistle blowers policy introduced by the federal government, said the policy is a welcomed development which will go a long way in fighting corruption to the barest minimum in our society.

According to him, “the fight against corruption is a collective one which all Nigerians should take personal and take part in as the adverse effect of corruption is what we are suffering now in our economy. How can billions of dollars be starched up in a man’s house for years? Why won’t forex be scarce? Why won’t there be recession? Imagine if the billions embalmed in different places are released into the society! It’s adverse effects on the economy cannot be overestimated”.

On the introduction of the Whistle blowers policy as a substantive measure in fighting corruption, the legislator who is also the house committee chairman on finance and appropriation, explained that the purpose any policy is introduced is for good governance, where the onus lies is the implementation of the policy.

“It is a good policy for good governance, it is left for us to utilize it well,” he said. He further explained that, “The Whistle blowers policy is one of the best policies that has been introduced by the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration, and every Nigerian who truly have the country at heart must embrace it. Although, people might see it as one of the measures used to witch hunt the opposition party, I tell you if you are saddled with a responsibility and you are very prudent about it then there will be no reason to be afraid because there will be no need for anyone to come after you, but when you have skeleton in your cupboard; when you are involved in shady deals and practices, whether opposition or not, then you are already inviting the witch hunters.

In fact, personally, if I see where anyone who has such monies held up in a closet I will sure blow my whistle, not for the instant reward of 5% that comes with it but for the good of the economy and country at large. Whichever policy that will help us fight corruption in the country is a welcome development,” he added.

Hon. Eteng Williams, however, appealed to the federal government to not only focus on financial corruption as the major aspect of corruption to be tackled, but also to beam it’s searchlight on other channels where corruption has become a norm. “Corruption has so many faces in the society including favoritism, manipulation and forging of documents and so on. For example, if you are saddled with the responsibility to handle employment of staffs into your establishment and 85% of those chosen are your kindred, then that’s corruption. If the federal government can also tackle this and forestall transparency and due process, then the society will be a better place for us all,” he opined.

“If you are saddled with a responsibility, you have to take it serious and be very prudent about it so that nobody will suspect you. A situation where over $43billion will be starched up in a man’s house and yet forex is scarce which is causing the economy to take a nose dive. If you don’t have skeletons in your cupboard I don’t think you will be afraid.

I don’t see it as a move to witch hunt opposition, be afraid, whether opposition or not, whether witch hunting or not, if you do the right thing nobody will come after you. No matter your party affiliation, if you have skeletons in your cupboard then you are already inviting witch hunters.

Why will you sabotage the economy by hoarding monies?
Corruption does not only mean financial corruption but even in our work places too. Whistle blowing should be extended to other sectors or faces of corruption.
The purpose of a law or policy is for good governance, the second part is, will it work? That is left for the operators of the policy.

We should embrace the policy, it is a good policy for good governance. It is left for us to utilize it well, he concluded.

 

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