By: Amie Massaquoi; Information Officer-ACC
The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on 29th November, 2023, received five (5) high end Lenovo laptop computers from the Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA). This donation took place at the Commission’s Integrity House, Tower Hill in Freetown.
Making his statement at the presentation, the Commissioner of NaCSA, Ambassador Ernest Ndomahina said as implementing partners of the Social Safety Net (SSN) and now the Productive Social Safety Net and Youth Employment (PSSNYE), World Bank and Government of Sierra Leone supported Projects, the laptops are donated to support and enhance the Commission in carrying out its already beneficial and very impactful role in the project. He said the Anti-Corruption Commission was an essential partner to the work of NaCSA “if we are to achieve the bigger goal of His Excellency the President, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, then we must continue to work with the Anti-Corruption Commission, to ensure that the right things are done”, the NaCSA Commissioner added. He furthered that it is of importance that the ACC is well equipped as their role in implementing the World Bank projects has brought positive outcomes.
The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Augustine Foday Ngobie, expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the World Bank, Government of Sierra Leone and NaCSA for their kind gesture of providing important tools for the implementation of the projects. “On behalf of the Commissioner, Management and staff of the ACC, I want to express our profound gratitude for your unwavering support to us. This shows how seriously the fight against corruption is taken”, Mr Ngobie underscored. He further said NaCSA and ACC have had very excellent partnership and result oriented relationship in ensuring that the World Bank funded projects, aimed are addressing and reducing abject poverty are implemented in a transparent manner. He assured the World Bank, the Government and NaCSA that the ACC will use the donated laptops and other items/logistics for their intended purposes.
The Deputy Commissioner also stated that though the World Bank through the Government of Sierra Leone and NaCSA have been providing several other materials and capacity building activities to the Commission for a successful rollout of the SSN, PSSNYE, and related projects, this gesture was the first of its kind, where the top leadership of NaCSA was physically present making such presentation to the Commission, noting that, it underscores the extent of collaboration and partnership between the two sister institutions in regard the successful implementation of their respective mandates and by extension the ‘’the Big Five Game Changers’’ of Government Manifesto commitments.
The National Commission for Social Action and Anti-Corruption Commission have been implementing partners of World Bank and Government of Sierra Leone funded projects such as the SSN and the PSSNYE. This project which is sponsored by the World Bank through the Government of Sierra Leone is aimed at reducing poverty in Sierra Leone by aiding extremely poor households in rural communities. The role of the ACC is to ensure that there is transparency in the project, and that there are established channels for beneficiaries of the project to express their grievances through the Grievance Redress Mechanism Regime.
The presentation of the laptop to the Deputy Commissioner, ACC Augustine Foday Ngobie climaxed the occasion.