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I’ll Do Anything To Protect Whistle Blowers – Onyeama

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Friday that Mr Ntia Thompson, sacked by the Ministry over whistleblowing, would be reinstated if actually his appointment was wrongfully terminated.

Onyeama, who stated this in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen on the issue, said that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had directed him to look into the matter.Thompson, an assistant director with the Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa, was sacked for allegedly exposing a fraud in his office.

Thompson was said to have been sacked for allegedly raising an alarm that $229,000 and N800, 000 had been diverted by key officials in DTCA, an agency under Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Onyeama said he had a comprehensive report on that matter and steps would be taken to ensure that justice is done on all the issues that were raised.

“I want to tell Nigerians that whistleblower protection is what we subscribed to wholeheartedly and completely in the ministry and it is government’s position and directive.

“I personally assure you that throughout my tenure, I will do everything possible to protect whistleblower in the ministry.

“Because the agenda of the government is a clear one that will embrace whistleblower,” he said

He said that he was going to look at the report and keep the public informed about the outcome of his findings.

“I can give you a guarantee that damages would be paid and the person would be reinstated.

“And, the measure would be taken on this; as far as this ministry is concern justice would be done,” he pledged.

 

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