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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Corrupt practices: FG receives 282 tips from whistle blowers via ICT

The Federal Government (FG) has said it received a total of 282 tips from whistle blowers on various corrupt practices, especially with the aid of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), for the week ending March 24, 2017, reports ITRealms.

The government, ITRealms gathered received tips from whistle blowers from across telephone calls, Short Messaging Service (SMS), website and electronic mails (emails).

The use of the whistle blower website, www.whistle.finance.gov.ngITRealms gathered top the list of ICT tools deployed for this whistle blower initiative with a record of 95 tips.

This was followed by tips received through the Short Messaging Service (SMS) recorded 87 clues; while emails received on whistle@finance.gov.ng within this given period as tips was 51 and phone calls recorded 49 tips on its 09098067946.

Confirming this, the Special Adviser on Media to Honourable Minister of Finance, Festus Akanbi noted that since the platforms were opened there have been a total of 2,251 communications received.

In addition, he said that the website received 95 web-based communications that was received by the initiative. Just as 1,550 phone calls was received; 412 SMSes and 194 emails were received respectively.

He also said that the actionable tips received was 154 and some of them worth the while include 22 item lines with contract Inflation and conversion of government assets to personal use, topping the list, followed by subject of ghost workers, payment of unapproved funds, outright embezzlement of salaries of terminated personnel , improper reduction of financial penalties, diversion of funds meant for distribution to a particular group of people (farmers).

Equally, the Ministry said there have been diversion of funds to personal commercial Bank Accounts to earn interest; non-Remittance of pension & NHIS deductions, failure to Implement projects for which funds have been provided, embezzlement of funds received from donor agencies, embezzlement of funds meant for payment of Personnel emoluments, and violation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) regulations by keeping funds in commercial banks, as well as violation of FIRS (VAT) regulation by adjusting Value Added Tax payment  to name but a few.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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