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Date: 2017-09-07

The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission Ady Macauley Esq. has called on citizens to continue to reports acts of bribery, which “hinders effective service delivery”. He made the call in the wake of the release of the second Pay No Bribe (PNB) Report on bribe taking in the public sector. The report catalogues bribe-taking by public sector officials and responses from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), covering the period January to June 2017.

The ACC Commissioner said addressing incidents of bribery is important in ensuring that people enjoy effective service delivery from public institutions.

The Chief of Staff at State House, Saidu Conton-Sesay said “Government remains committed to the PNB campaign and will play its part in ensuring the cooperation of MDAs”. He described the PNB system as one which enables MDAs to “direct their resources more efficiently towards developing robust responses against institutionalized corruption.”

The Director of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Programme Manager PNB, Nabilahi-Musa Kamara said there is an overall public buy-in to the PNB platform. He said the system is useful to gauge bribery in Sierra Leone and provides a credible data in relation to incidents of bribery in the country.

Explaining the content of the second PNB Report at the weekly Ministry of Information and Communication press conference, Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, Patrick Sandi, said 79.7% of those who report to the ACC between October to December 2016 admitted paying bribes, whilst 76% admitted paying bribes between January to June, 2017.

Mr. Sandi acknowledged the strides being made by the management of the Sierra Leone Police in addressing cases of bribery within the Force, stating that, there is a decrease in the percentage of people who admitted paying bribes to the police by 7.7%.

He said the SLP has issued zero tolerance administrative warning to all personnel as well as drastically reduced on the number of checkpoints across the country.

For the period January to June, 2017, 41% of the reports in the category of ‘I paid a bribe’ concerned the SLP; 21% concerned healthcare services, 19% educational sector; 4% concerned electricity services; and 2% were about water services, he added.

The PNB is supported by UK Aid and the Government of Sierra Leone. PNB is an online reporting platform which empowers citizens to anonymously report incidents of bribery and petty corruption. Citizens will call 515 free on all networks, the PNB website;, or on the mobile application in Krio, Temne and Mende to make their complaints.

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