Sunday, 5 March 2017
Kogi APC mocks Bello on whistle-blowing policy
The ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) in Kogi state, has described the recent whistle-blowing policy introduced by Governor Yahaya Bello as a charade.
It stated that the copy cat act is a caricature of President Buhari’s led Federal Government.
The party in a statement signed by the state Chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo that was made available to Journalists in Lokoja accused the governor of using the policy as smokescreen to cover up corruption that has been thriving under the state government.
”When the leader of our party, president Mohammadu Buhari introduced the whistle blowing policy, it was geared towards assisting the government to get valuable information on the recovery of looted funds and assets belonging to the government.
“It is disheartening to hear that the Yahaya Bello led government is making mockery of the lofty idea in Kogi state by rewarding those that will expose critics of his government under the disguise of whistle blower with the sum of five hundred thousand naira( N500,00) of tax payers money.
“It is certainly far from what whistle blowing concept is all about.”
He indicated that the government of the day in Kogi state is oppressing and intimidating people who worked tirelessly for the victory of APC which he is enjoying today.
As part of its probity and accountability mandate, the Bello-led Kogi State Government had promised a cash reward of five hundred thousand naira to any person with useful information that will lead to the arrest of criminals and people who spread false Information capable of disrupting public peace.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs Petra Akinti Onyegbule, in Lokoja said the move was aimed at consolidating the security efforts of the present administration in the State and ensuring peace and harmonious relationship amongst the good people of Kogi.
The statement noted that Governor Yahaya Bello administration is out to ensure the reduction of crime and criminality in the State and to also curb the attitude of some politically sponsored persons who spread false information against the government with a view to causing disquiet and rancour amongst the citizenry.
According to the statement, every information given will be treated with utmost confidentiality and called on the people to comply as the issue of security is the collective responsibility of everyone and vigilance should remain our watchword.