By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi
Cleen Foundation in collaboration with Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI-Nigeria) with support from Partners Global US will next week present to the Bauchi state assembly, bill seeking to domesticate whistle blower policy in the state.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Cleen Foundation, Mr. Nnamdi Odo made this known in an interview with our correspondent at the weekend.
He said that the move was part of the NGOs efforts to contribute towards fighting corruption in the country, adding that they have been working on the project since 2018.
According to Odo, his organization has had a fruitful meeting with the speaker of the Bauchi state assembly in his office and other key stakeholders aimed at ensuring smooth process of domesticating the policy in the state.
He said before now, series of stakeholder’s engagements have been carried out by the two organizations in which they welcomed the draft bill that will soon be presented before the state assembly once work on it has been completed.
Odo who said that the draft bill was developed with all the inputs coming from stakeholders in Bauchi state, expressed hope that when it scaled through the state assembly and subsequently assented by the Governor, it will benefit the people of the state.
Mr. Odo who said the bill is hopeful to be at state assembly for consideration by next week, added that the ministry of justice in the state has promised to work on the bill.
He said despite the fact that similar bill by the federal government has not been passed by the national assembly, Bauchi state does not need to wait for the national assembly to pass the bill before doing its own.
“That’s why you have the state assembly different from the national assembly. If the people of Bauchi have said that this is a good law, we want it passed, I don’t think you have to wait for the national assembly to do their own before passing into law, your own bill”, he explained.