PRESS STATEMENT - LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY 2014-2018 Date: 2014-07-01
LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY 2014-2018
The Anti-Corruption Commission has officially launched the third National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2014-2018 at the Miatta Conference Centre on Tuesday 17th June 2014. The general goal of the new National Anti-Corruption Strategy is to contribute to open-minded debates, consistent reduction of corruption, strengthen integrity, build citizens’ trust in governance institutions and promote the principle of zero tolerance on corruption.
Launching the Strategy on behalf of His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, Professor Monty Jones said the government has taken a strategic measure in the fight against corruption by empowering the ACC and guaranteeing its independence. Professor Jones affirmed that unless the causes of corruption are addressed, society empowered to stand up for its rights, and the political will to make critical decisions is created, corruption will continue unabated. He said the strategy shows government’s commitment to combat the scourge of corruption. “As a government, we are prepared to assist all those who have the responsibility to coordinate the implementation of NACS and also those who eventually have the responsibility for its implementation.” Professor Jones noted.
ACC Commissioner Joseph F. Kamara described the NACS 2014-2018 as a document that formulates a new path through which Sierra Leoneans can be guided in their respective public and private offices. The integration of anti-corruption policies into the administrative procedures within MDAs can be a significant achievement towards minimizing corruption. He called for a paradigm shift from public awareness on corruption issues to public engagement that stimulates popular action that rejects corruption. He appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to take ownership of the strategy.
Giving an overview of the Strategy Mohamed Abu-Sesay, a member of the Team of Experts said the strategy is aimed at tackling corruption through a balanced multi-pronged approach- prevention, enforcement and suppression. He also highlighted the key features of the 2014-2018 NACS which are national ownership, knowledge based design, stakeholders’ participation, strategic priority setting, effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation.
Dr. Julius Sandy, Secretary to the Vice President, said Sierra Leoneans should take ownership of the NACS 2014-2018 and provide leadership for its implementation.
The occasion was graced by the British Higher Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Peter West, the Sierra Leone Police, members of Parliament, Paramount Chiefs, ministers, the media, civil society organization representatives, mayors and chairmen of councils among others.