Geoffrey Onyeama, foreign affairs minister, says a sacked whistle-blower, Ntia Thompson, formerly working with the ministry will be compensated and recalled to his duty post. Thompson, an assistant director, was said to have exposed a fraud worth $229,000 and N800, 000 in the Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), where he worked. His sack had raised doubt about government’s promise to protect whistle-blowers based on its recently established whistleblowing policy.
Speaking on Thompson’s sack, Onyeama said: “I want to tell Nigerians that whistleblower protection is what we subscribed to wholeheartedly and completely in the ministry and it is government’s position and directive”.
He further said: “I personally assure you that throughout my tenure, I will do everything possible to protect whistleblowers in the ministry.
“I can give you a guarantee that damages would be paid and the person would be reinstated.
“And, measure would be taken on this; as far as this ministry is concerned justice would be done.”