At least, N540 billion has been recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, with the aid of Whistle Blowers.
The Whistle Blower Policy which encourages compensation for those who aid the recovery of stolen money was introduced by the present administration.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the amount of recovery known on Tuesday at the 71st General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to a statement by his media aide, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, the minister was represented at the occasion by Sunny Adejoh.
“To this end, as at May this year, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, through the Whistle Blower Policy, has recovered over N527 billion, $53 million, and £122,890,” the minister said.
At the occasion, the minister also stressed the importance of the role of the media in the success of the government.
According to him, the projection of government’s activities that would improve the lives of the people would help the cause of development.
Said he: “This effort should not be seen as the sole effort of Mr. President or the government alone. The media has a duty to ensure that the programmes of government, meant to uplift the lots of the citizenry, are projected as a national cause and not just as that of Mr President or the administration.
“Anything short of this would amount to a criminal abdication of a sacred duty which could spell doom for our collective national life. We have had enough sordid examples to learn from, that we ought not to allow a repeat at this critical time of our national development.
“It is therefore of utmost importance that the media and specifically, broadcast media, do not allow itself to become a purveyor of fake news and hate speeches.”