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Date: 2017-01-12

The Commissioner of the ACC Ady Macauley Esq. and the Governance Adviser of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the U.K. Government, Samira Bhatia, have held a meeting that marks the commencement of a review on the successes and challenges of the pragmatic anti-graft initiative against bribery in Sierra Leone, which is tagged ‘Pay No Bribe’ (PNB) Campaign.

Commissioner Macauley expressed gratitude to the British Government through DFID for their support to the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone. He praised DFID for funding the PNB Campaign and expressed satisfaction that the pilot phase has been a huge success to the fight against bribery in the country. Mr. Macauley declared that the PNB campaign was his first major national project as Commissioner of the ACC and that he has dedicated his full strength and energy to ensure that it succeeds. Expressing how significant the project has been to the Commission, he intimated partners present that the PNB campaign has in some instances provided promptings to the Commission on some of its recent sting operations. The Commissioner noted that the campaign is also at the heart of the Government of Sierra Leone and the President’s Recovery Priorities. He acknowledged that there are challenges but that these challenges have not affected the general successes of the campaign.

In her reflection, on the progress of the PNB, DFID Governance Adviser, Samira Bhatia mentioned that the Campaign had a rocky start after it was launched in 2014 due to the Ebola epidemic, but has had a wonderful progress since full operations were resumed in October 2016 after the reporting portal was unveiled. She indicated that the need for a review was to provide cogent information on where we are in terms of indicators in the log frame and an analysis of reports in the portal. She said a review will give partners fair knowledge of the gaps and the gains made so far.

PNB Campaign Project Manager, Nabilahi Musa Kamara praised some MDAs for their cooperation with the ACC in the implementation. He singled out the Sierra Leone Police for their unreserved support. The five pilot sectors are the SLP, health, education, water, and electricity.

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