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Date: 2017-01-16

The Sierra Leone Police, Ministry of Water Resources, and Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority in Bo District Southern Region are identifying gaps and weaknesses in existing policies regulating their operations after series of engagement with the Policy and Ethics Unit of the Anti-Corruption Commission. This is to empower management of the target institutions to develop and implement policies for detecting and reporting corrupt practices in their respective establishments.

At an inception meeting at the ACC Southern Regional Office in Bo, Head of Policy and Ethics Unit, Amira Hudrouge, said policies are the bedrock for regulating activities of government institutions. “They just don’t regulate the operations of MDAs, they also control human behaviour,” she said. A good number of existing policies in MDAs are either obsolete, or weak, or out of use. Some set of policies are unknown to staff, since employers do not make them available.

According to Amira, the process of formulating the policy document together with MDAs is to address existing and emerging gaps tolerant to corruption in areas of employment, promotion, transfers, occupancy in barracks, staff behaviour, management of government property, and to create room for redress. Mainstreaming anti-corruption measures in the civil and public service is necessary to enhance efficiency and effective service delivery, while strengthening command and control. Senior Investigations Officer, Musa Jawara, said the inception meetings will serve as a gateway to identifying policy gaps and weaknesses in existing policies in MDAs. He said the process is friendly and interactive to obtain full participation of staff of the target MDAs. Policies developed as an outcome of the assessment will be mainstreamed into the operations of the respective institutions.

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