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NAG Engages Stakeholders on ACC Revised Strategy in Sierra Leone
By Bampia J. Bundu
Feb 6, 2009, 17:26
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The National Accountability Group (NAG) in collaboration with the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th February 2009 held a one-day sensitization workshop for relevant stakeholders on the Revised National Anti-Corruption Strategy at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown.

Giving an overview of the workshop, a senior official of NAG, Edward Koroma, noted that the 2000 Anti-Corruption Act and the subsequent establishment of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), is an indication that corruption has taken a turn for the worse.

He said the 2005 National Anti Corruption Strategy (NACS), illustrates the mode and methods of fighting corruption in the country, adding that the strategy was never affective because the ACC lacked the autonomy it needed to be able to carry out its mandate effectively.

Mr. Koroma further stated that the popularization of this strategy is crucial to its successful implementation.

According to him, NAG, with funds from OSIWA, is engaging relevant stakeholders on the strategy and its content as a means of providing meaningful inputs into it.

He called on participants to endeavour to pass on the knowledge and experiences gained during the one-day session to their colleagues in their places of work and elsewhere.

The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commissioner, Morlai Buya Kamara, commended NAG for their effort in ensuring that the ACC strategy is popularized.

He called on the general public to join forces together to fight against corruption, saying corruption is a menace and should not be allowed to eat further deep into the fabric of society.

"We all as Sierra Leoneans have to take the bull by the horn by ensuring that the fight against corruption is won from all fronts", he said, adding that people should inculcate the habit of reporting corrupt practices to the ACC. He encouraged participants to put the knowledge gained into practice, so as to help make corruption a thing of the past.

He also called on civil society organizations, members of parliament and the media to help them with necessary information and help popularize the ACC strategy across the length and breadth of the country.

Delivering the keynote address, the Chairman Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Corruption, Honourable Ibrahim Bundu, noted that corruption has become a global phenomenon, pointing out that ending it should not only be the work of ACC alone, but the entire citizenry.

Corruption, Hon. Bundu went on, is a national issue and should be fought head-on.

He implored members of the civil society and the media in particular to help educate the masses on the negative effects of corruption.

He concluded by expressing his commitment to the fight against corruption and assured that everything possible would be done to ensure that the battle is won.

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