Nigeria's finance minister, Kemi Adeosun
Nigeria’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun

Nigeria’s ministry of finance says it has so far received 2,351 tips from whistleblowers bordering on cases of embezzlement of government funds, looting of assets and contract inflation, among others.

The ministry in a statement said the tips came via text messages, calls, email and forms filled on the its website.

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“We have received 95 feedback through our website, www.whistle.finance.gov.ng, 1,550 tips came through calls on 09098067946 and SMS, 412.

“Also, 194 people sent us emails on whistle@finance.gov.ng) – 194

It said out of the 2,351, the office was currently following up on 154 tips, it had deemed actionable.

“Some of the tip types include: contract inflation and conversion of government assets to personal use, ghost workers, payment of unapproved funds and embezzlement of salaries of terminated personnel.

“Also reported include improper reduction of financial penalties, diversion of funds meant for distribution to a particular group of people, especially farmers and diversion of funds to personal commercial Bank Accounts to earn interest.

“Furthermore, we are following up on cases of non-remittance of pension and NHIS deductions, failure to implement projects for which funds have been provided, embezzelment of funds received from donor agencies and violation of TSA regulations by keeping funds in Commercial banks.

The Nigerian Government in 2016 set up the Whistleblower programme to make it easy for the public to give information bordering on corruption.

It promised any whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of up to N1 billion Naira, five per cent of the amount.

But, in the press statement, the ministry was silent about how much it has paid to whistleblowers, whose information led to recovery of looted funds.