The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has disclosed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) has so far recovered over 540 billion Naira through the Whistle Blower Policy.
He made this revelation on Tuesday at the 71st General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, according to a Press Release on the Facebook page of the Information and Culture Ministry.
The minister gave the breakdown of the N540B recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as at May this year, as N527 billion, $53 million, and £122,890.
Speaking further, Mohammed, who was represented by the Director, Public Relations and Protocol, of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mr. Sunny Adejoh Baba, said the EFCC also successfully launched a major onslaught on the seeming high–and–mighty in the society, who had soiled their hands with shady deals, leading to the recovery of choice assets across the country.
On the role of the media as partners with the Federal Government in its fight against corruption and the resultant availability of more funds for development projects and raising the general living standards of Nigerians, he said the following:
“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.”