African Centre for Media and Information Literacy
The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) is a non-governmental organization that focuses on media, information, research, advocacy and training. It aims to promote media and information Literacy as a key component in the enhancement of democracy and good governance, and the promotion of accountability and orderly society.
Among other activities, AFRICMIL has been working in the last three years on promoting whistleblowing and protection of whistleblowers in Nigeria under its Corruption Anonymous (CORA) project.
The project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation aims to build public support and confidence in the whistleblowing policy of the Nigerian government through public sensitization, ensuring honest implementation of the policy and protection of whistleblowers.
The next stage of the project is focused on institutionalizing whistleblowing in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including regulatory and revenue generating agencies like the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), as well as staff unions of commercial banks. The aim is for these organizations to adopt the whistleblower guideline as a way of fighting corruption and ensuring accountability in the public and private sectors.
CORA is also developing the concept of civic engagement and citizen reporting through the Corruption Anonymous website.
AFRICMIL is also pushing to sustain the notion of whistle blowing across board; the passage of the Whistle Blower Act as a basis for strengthening the war against corruption by protecting whistle blowers and the formation of a civil society coalition around whistle blowing to ensure broad acceptance of the whistle-blower initiative.