ACC DEVELOPS MOBILE PHONE APP TO REPORT CORRUPTION
By Abubakarr Turay
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has developed an application (app) to make reporting of corruption much easier and quicker.
The Director of Public Education and Outreach, ACC, described the app as one way to make people feel more comfortable to report acts of corruption to the Commission.
Koloneh Sankoh said as the use of mobile applications has been widespread so also is the Commission making use of the technology to strengthen the fight against corruption. She said the app is an additional tool for reporting corruption and can be used by especially whistleblowers, informants and complainants who may want to remain anonymous. Miss Sankoh said the Commission will popularize the use of the app to the general public so that people will be aware of it and be able to report incidents of corruption at their convenience.
Titus Salankole is the Information Technology Manager at the ACC. He said the application is part of the ‘SIERRA LEONE APP’ on Google Play and users of android phones can now download it using their Google account free of cost. He said the ‘SIERRA LEONE ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION APP’ (ie the ACC app) can be found on the top right hand corner of the‘SIERRA LEONE APP’. He said there are provisions for users to easily type their reports or messages and even attach photo and audio files before submission.
In recent times, the ACC Commissioner Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara spoke of the app as one of the initiatives of the Commission to bring more people on board the fight against corruption. Mr. Kamara has often spoken of the need to come up with more initiatives so that the country will continue to score more marks in the fight against graft.
Staff of the Public Education and Outreach Department of the ACC have already received training on the use of the technology.