Fake employment: the group asks Fashola to protect the whistleblower in the ministry of works and housing

a coalition, African Center for Media and Information Literacyhas asked the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasholato take urgent action to protect Richard Oghenerhoro, a whistleblower facing retaliation for exposing and publishing fraudulent employment practices at the ministry. Mr. Oghenerhoro, in a petition dated July 22, 2020, alleged that some civil servants joined the ministry with false appointment letters. A panel, which was set up to investigate the accusation, found him guilty of misconduct, breach of the oath of secrecy, unauthorized disclosure of official information and copying of official documents, in contravention of the provisions of the Public Service Rules. In a letter to the minister, the heads of the coalition of civil society organizations working to promote transparency and accountability in Nigeria, called on Mr. Fashola to ensure Mr. Oghenerhoro’s full protection by reversing the punitive posts. and ending the various acts of intimidation and aggression against him by some ministry officials. According to the coalition, “From our findings, we note that his brave act led to retaliation in the form of punitive posts from the Dating Unit where he discovered the employment scam, to Open Registry, and then an ouster from headquarters altogether to the office. of Gwagwalada. as head of the administration department. He noted that in addition to his unfortunate redeployment, the whistleblower has also been subject to ongoing abuse and threats from some staff members who are clearly angered by a gesture intended to achieve good conduct. The coalition noted that assault on the whistleblower “is reprehensible and should not be tolerated.” He said that Mr. Oghenerhoro does not deserve any kind of punishment either from the institution or from any person, adding that the matter he reported is in the public interest and falls within the scope of the Nigerian government’s whistleblowing policy. . Accordingly, the letter noted, the whistleblower is guaranteed full protection not only under Section 12 of the policy, but also under Section 27 of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2011, and Section 39(1) of the 1999 Constitution that covers their fundamental right to freedom of expression. The coalition noted that the only way that whistleblowing would be successful as an anti-corruption mechanism is when whistleblowers are protected by law or the government-established system. Coalition members include the African Center for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), the Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development (PRIMORG), the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) and the Socio-Economic Rights and Responsibility Project. (SERA). Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Fake employment: the group asks Fashola to protect the whistleblower in the ministry of works and housing