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Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by hisexcellency34: 11:27am On Dec 31, 2021
Professor Itsejuwa Esanjumi Sagay (SAN), Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), in this interview, speaks on the activities of the committee in the last one year in waging the war against corruption in the country. He also speaks on the controversy trailing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, secessionist agitation, True Federalism and other issues. Excerpts:

What has been the achievements of PACAC in the last one year under your leadership?

I can mention so many things but two of the major things PACAC has done is taking the anti-corruption message to the states. Prior to now, PACAC activities has been federal. Majority of what we have been doing is at the federal level but now, we have taken the message to the states. So far, 21 states have been reached. We are in partnership with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) which offices in every state of the federation. We have sent delegation there and we have had roundtable with various organisations including government, civil society organisations, news agencies and so on. During the interaction, the issue of war against corruption was discussed in detail and how states can apply what we have achieved so far. Let me add that this is not the first time we have interacted with states. We have trained prosecutors on how to effectively prosecute their cases, but this time, we went to them instead of them coming to us. Then, we had interaction with the judiciary in a zoom type of dialogue with the President of the Court of Appeal where we presented a very detailed statement on our thoughts on what the judiciary should be doing. We had a very dynamic meeting in which the President of the Court of Appeal, responded and participated very actively. That message was contained in a paper that I personally wrote and was sent to most of the courts in the country.

Recently, we also had interactions with professionals such as bankers, accountants, lawyers, doctors, quantity surveyors and others. We met with their heads and interacted with them on how they can use internal processes to fight against corruption among their members. For example, those who are helping clients to do money laundering. We let them understand what the accountants and lawyers know about it. Some of our professionals are being used by corrupt people to transmit and resources abroad and these are monies that have been stolen. We discussed all that in details and the various measures they have for monitoring and disciplining their members. We enhanced the capacities of the various professional bodies to actually monitor their members and to discourage corruption and money laundering. That was done about two weeks ago in Lagos. So, those are the two major things but like I said, a lot has been done in by PACAC this year.

There are reports that as an agency under the office of the Attorney-General’s office like the EFCC and ICPC, the AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has not been giving enough support to PACAC. How true is that?

PACAC is really not an agency under the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. He has never initiated anything that we have to comply with. What has been happening is like mutual understanding between PACAC and the office of the Attorney-General. When they have programme, they invite us and when we have programme, we also invite them. But he has no power, authority or influence over anything we have been doing. We are two separate organisations. He is an executive type of institution while we are more of a think-tank with some capacities for coordination of the anti-corruption agencies. He has his own powers over them and we also have our own powers running on parallel lines but there is no hierarchy between us and them. We are not above the Ministry of Justice and they are also not above us. They are running their own and we are running ours too but we cooperate where necessary

Not much has been heard about the whistleblowing policy of the federal government since the exit of former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun. Has the policy been abolished?

The whistleblowing policy has not been abolished. It is just that it has slowed down in terms of people coming out to blow the whistle on corrupt persons. It has really slowed down and right now, what is being worked on is to establish a witness protection programme which will ensure that witnesses can come out boldly without fear of their careers or lives or of any danger whatsoever. Once that has been accomplished through legislation, more people will come out to whistleblow on corrupt people.
https://independent.ng/anti-corruption-war-why-fgs-whistleblowing-policy-has-really-slowed-down-sagay/

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by helinues: 11:36am On Dec 31, 2021
This one just dey collect free money for the unrecognized position he is currently occupying

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by SadiqBabaSani: 12:30pm On Dec 31, 2021
BMC member up dia is pained

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by SadiqBabaSani: 12:31pm On Dec 31, 2021
pained that Itse isa gay is nt sharing the spoil
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by ignis: 12:32pm On Dec 31, 2021
Not in Nigeria.
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by AderonkeOlaniyi(f): 12:32pm On Dec 31, 2021
helinues:
This one just dey collect free money for the unrecognized position he is currently occupying

Keep kwayet there!!!

You dey yarn rubbish

Na new year we dey enter so. Find something useful to do with yourself. Tinubu 30k monthly stipend cannot take you far

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by DropsMic(m): 12:34pm On Dec 31, 2021
Yawn
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by AderonkeOlaniyi(f): 12:34pm On Dec 31, 2021
Failed government. Confused nonentities and their cheap online stipend collectors
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by baggioni: 12:35pm On Dec 31, 2021
wink
Good and laudable idea
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Bobotic(m): 12:35pm On Dec 31, 2021
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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Babyface33: 12:36pm On Dec 31, 2021
N.a. who whistleblowinng help?
Abeg I need job my friends here.
Am also into installation of tiles
I run project analysis too.
Pls help me out
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by VOsimhen144(m): 12:36pm On Dec 31, 2021
Always looking for every opportunity to milk this country dry.

Mention one government parastatas that is working well??

All they do Is setup committees and Loot Loot Loot!!!!

If anyone should qoute me, thunder from hell and heaven combine will fire you

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Bobotic(m): 12:36pm On Dec 31, 2021
Inside this zazoo country sha... cry

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Thinktwicemybro: 12:38pm On Dec 31, 2021
Help me tell the BMC member who was first to comment to drop his foolish mentality today (31st) and enter the new year with sanity.
He should grow brain like this BMC member below who is tired of living in denial.

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by TOPCRUISE(m): 12:40pm On Dec 31, 2021
It's bad that whistle blowers are alleged to be criminals in this country without any independent agency conducting discreet investigation. How can one whistle blow against someone like Abba kyari and not be arrested.
The Nigerian police that we know are politicians hand bag and are fond of beating chest about that they are professionals can never be trusted. If you blow whistle they will discreetly report to the politician what you have seen and what you are about to do. After that they will destroy all the evidences, arrest you, parade you in public and tag you a criminal.

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by francisisking: 12:40pm On Dec 31, 2021
Blow whistle and join your ancestors shikena

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Bizibi(m): 12:40pm On Dec 31, 2021
Make una do dey prepare to comot.

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by olafundz: 12:40pm On Dec 31, 2021
it will be nice though because what will someone gain in telling the truth in this country it is a pity then what is the future hold sadit will be nice though because what will someone gain in telling the truth in this country it is a pity then what is the future hold
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Nicepoker(m): 12:44pm On Dec 31, 2021
Who are the we?
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Yus2020: 12:53pm On Dec 31, 2021
Apc and Buhari government will still carry over their Nonsense to 2022
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Thinktwicemybro: 12:55pm On Dec 31, 2021
Babyface33:
N.a. who whistleblowinng help?
Abeg I need job my friends here.
Am also into installation of tiles
I run project analysis too.
Pls help me out
So since January till now you are still looking for job?
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by smallsmall: 1:11pm On Dec 31, 2021
First creata ALw to stop the DSS from invading the Homes and offices of those who disagree with this President and his Cronies
.... and ensure that such law can be enforced. angry angry

All Laws after that are welcomed.
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by NoFucksToGive: 1:35pm On Dec 31, 2021
Law for snitches yet its the same government that will.kill the snitches...

WHt happto the Lekki massacre snitches ? Ismt it the same government that hounded them?
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by milastranda: 1:45pm On Dec 31, 2021
Yinmu.. lori iro levels.
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by FLYFIRE(m): 1:56pm On Dec 31, 2021
KPOMO MOUTH

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Elidrisy20: 2:07pm On Dec 31, 2021
Remain one year for una, and una still dey talk nonsense

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Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by GetMeRight: 2:19pm On Dec 31, 2021
The issue of whistle blower in Nigeria is already dead and buried when you guys started sending whistle-blowers whose information ended up being wrong or inaccurate to courts and prisons. Another mistake is not giving them their due when their information leads to recovery of stolen money, shortchanging them and using delay tactics.
Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by SonOfTheRisingS: 2:26pm On Dec 31, 2021
2023 elections strategy indeed.

Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by Karemarealty288(m): 2:51pm On Dec 31, 2021
If whistleblowering is a career Nigerian Senate should make Snitch 101 a course in the university.

Re: Sagay: We Want To Establish A Law To Protect Lives And Careers Of Whistleblowers by tnerro1(m): 3:14pm On Dec 31, 2021
I sorry for who blow whistle, the ones that testified against kalu that got him convicted the first time, dem no see them to come testify for the second round

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