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APC Encourages Fight Against Corruption ...With Laudable 48 Million Salary for ACC Boss
By Augustine Samba
Apr 14, 2011, 17:16
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Yesterdays approval by the Sierra Leone Parliament of the salary of Le48 million for the ACC Boss has been widely acclaimed by the citizens as a step in the right direction in the fight against graft in the country.

The proposed forty eight million leones (Le48,000,000) monthly salary for the Head of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has received parliamentary approval. The document on the terms and services of the ACC boss and his deputy was approved by the Sierra Leone Parliament on Wednesday 13th April, 2011. The ACC boss and his deputy will now be receiving Le48 million and Le32 million respectively as salary for every month.

The government motion on the ratification which was moved by Hon. Moses Sesay of the APC was seconded by Hon. Hassan Sheriff, also of the APC. In his submission, Hon. Sesay said the Commissioner and his deputy were entitled to certain provisions with regards salaries and other allowances as stated in Section 6 of the ACC Act of 2008. The Act was passed in 2008 by Parliament and made provisions for the commissioner and deputy commissioner of the ACC to enjoy certain facilities, he said, adding that the ACC has been very active in its functions to recover stolen government monies by certain corrupt officials over the years. He on that note implored colleagues to approve the document to give more impetus to the ACC leadership in the fight against graft in society.

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In his contribution, Hon. Coleson Turay of APC also underscored the importance of handsomely remunerating people fighting corruption. How pleasant it is to see nurses, teachers, doctors and other civil servants well paid to meet their daily expenditures! He said it was good for the ACC Commissioners to have such packages but hastened to reiterate that he would like to see teachers, nurses, labourers and all other civil servants well paid.

However, Hon. Rado Yoki of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) objected to the motion, saying he noticed some inconsistencies in the salaries structures. According to him, commissioners are all commissioners and therefore should be given the same treatment. He said commissioners of the PPRC, NaCSA, NRA and other institutions are paid less money so it was unfair to give due advantage to the ACC commissioners. Salary increase does not matter but service, dedication and commitments to the job are very essential, he maintained, saying such salary increase must affect everybody to minimize corruption.

According to Hon Yoki, the salaries of the President of Sierra Leone and the NRA Commissioner for example are far below what Parliament was about to approve for the ACC commissioners.  The monthly salary of the ACC commissioner is the annual salary for MPs, he concluded.

But APC Hon. Alimany Kamara said the move was for a zero tolerance on corruption. He disclosed that salaries for parliamentarians have been increased and that very soon they would have to address their problems. Even nurses are now receiving better salaries and teachers too will soon follow, he said, adding that it was but essential to pay those who fight corruption with substantial amounts so that public servants will not corrupt them.

In his argument, SLPP Hon. Philip Tondoneh said the former ACC Commissioner Tejan Cole was paid Le 22m monthly and since the current ACC Commissioner has no special qualification, there was no need to increase his salary since he was merely performing state duty.

Following heated debate on the issue, the document was finally approved.


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