The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has initiated a whistleblowing policy to enable it obtain early warning signals on what may be wrong in the organization, especially in difficult to identify cases.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications Unit of the Company, Mr Ibrahim Sani-Shawai and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Wednesday.
He said the decision to introduce the policy was borne out of renewed effort to promote openness and transparency as well as to generate an environment of trust and integrity.
“The policy will help whistleblowers to report suspected wrongdoing to correct integrity related issues and reduce electricity theft.
“The whistleblowing policy is designed to encourage the reporting of an employee or customer involved in suspected misconduct, illegal acts, electricity theft, fraud, bribery or failure to act within the limitations or standards of KEDCO.
“The whistleblower can be an employee, a customer, a contractor, a vendor or any stakeholder of the organization who voluntarily provides information or discloses any misconduct, via phone call, face to face or in writing via a letter/SMS/email/whatsapp.
“The whistleblowing policy is open and applicable to all KEDCO employees, customers and other stakeholders,” Sani-Shawai said.
He explained that the expected benefits of this policy include: making employees conscious of wrongdoing, to remove corruption and crimes from the organization.
Similarly, he said, the policy would make employees more responsible and gives them authority to raise their concerns, reduce risks, improve Internal Audit skills, and understand the consequences of committing offences.
In addition, he said it would improve company’s brand image and customer’s confidence in the management, enhance transparency and accountability, reduce energy theft as well as reduce revenue leakages.
He advised employees, customers or stakeholders with suspicious information to contact the following mobile phone numbers/email: 09087654005 or [email protected]
“The identity of whistleblowers will remain anonymous, unless the whistleblowers choose to disclose their identity. Upon receipt of the information, the concerned authority shall send an investigation request to the Head of Internal Audit.
“Incentive shall be monetary and may be paid in cash to maintain anonymity, alternative payment methods may be used if the amount is higher than N100, 000,” he said.
He, however, warned that any whistle blower who gives false/malicious or misleading information, would face necessary disciplinary action in the case of employees while any non-employee involved, the matter will be handled in accordance with the laws of the land.