Pass Whistle Blower Protection Bill 2022, Witness Protection Bill 2022 before you leave, CSO charges 9th NASS

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The Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN has been charged by a civil society group to expedite the passage of two bills before the expiration of the 9th National Assembly.

Green Concern for Development, GREENCODE a civil society organisation keen about environment, humanitarian emergency and accountability governance in Nigeria has tasked the 9th National Assembly, NASS to pass Whistle Blower Protection Bill 2022, and Witness Protection Bill 2022.

In a press release cited at the end of the two days capacity building workshop on Advancing CSOs Advocacy Skills on Anti-corruption and Social Inclusive Reform Issues in Nigeria organised by African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) in Abuja from 19 – 20 May 2022, the roup said that ‘as a civil society organisation focused on governance issues, we wish to state clearly that there is still more to be done to bring corruption problem to the barest minimum in Nigeria. Therefore, we join voices again with other CSOs on anti-corruption war to call on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the passage of Whistle Blower Protection Bill 2022 and Witness Protection Bill 2022 before the end of the 9th Assembly.

‘These two bills which are currently pending in the National Assembly if passed will provide the needed protection to Nigerians who wants to volunteer to provide needed information to anti-corruption agencies towards exposing corrupt practices.

‘To all the stakeholders, the anti-corruption agencies and the judiciary etc. you have been provided with the instrument to act, please we call on you to fully take up the responsibility to implement the Laws to the benefit of Nigerians and growth of Nigeria’, the statement reads in part.

Observing earlier, GREENCODE answered that ‘we wish to appreciate the National Assembly (NASS) members for the passage of three (3) very important Bills that will help in the fight against corruption in Nigeria and the quick signing of these Bills into Law by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Bills are Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), The Money Laundering Act 2022 and The Terrorism Act 2022.’