The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), in collaboration with Progressive Impact Organisation for Community Development (PRIMORG), will Friday, June 4, 2021, begin an 8-week radio townhall meeting on whistleblowing policy and whistleblower protection.
According to a joint statement signed by the two partners, the program will run weekly for one hour alternately on Raypower 100.5 FM and Kiss FM 99.9 Abuja. A rich blend of participants including government officials, civil society actors, legislators, journalists, lawyers, public affairs analysts, and whistleblowers have been lined up to feature during the meetings.
Since 2017, AFRICMIL, through its Corruption Anonymous (CORA) project supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been working on building public support and confidence in the whistleblowing policy introduced by the Nigerian government about five years ago to curb endemic corruption in the country.
The project focuses on raising awareness of citizens on the importance of whistleblowing, working with administrators to ensure a sincere implementation, and advocating effective protection for whistleblowers.
The radio town hall meeting is aimed at building on the successes whistleblowing has recorded so far and exploring ways of enhancing its cultural acceptance as a tool for demanding accountability and exposing other forms of wrongdoing in the country.
Like AFRICMIL, PRIMORG is also a MacArthur grantee that has in the last two years been using radio and social media to highlight the different nuances of corruption and mobilizing citizens to join in the anti-corruption war instead of leaving it for the government alone. Its flagship anti-corruption program, Public Conscience On Radio, engages over 10 million listeners across five geo-political zones.
Chido Onumah, Coordinator of AFRICMIL, said “the collaboration aims to draw from the expertise and experience of both MacArthur grantees and leverage on the power of radio and social media in addressing issues of accountability and good governance through whistleblowing in a post-COVID environment.”
According to Augustine Okhiria Agbonsuremi, Executive Director of PRIMORG, the collaborative efforts aims to increase citizen’s active participation and involvement in pointing to the red flags of corruption and to encourage the government to institutionalize the whistleblowing policy.