The North-West Regional Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has held sensitization meetings at Konakry Dee Town in Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom in Port Loko District.
The community meeting held on Monday 5th December 2022 was part of ACC's public education drive aimed at educating and raising awareness in rural communities on corruption and its effects on the country's growth.
Addressing local authorities and
residents of the town, the Regional Manager Al-Hassan Sesay said the community
meetings were undertaken to bring to light corruption prevalence in rural
settings and to also solicit community support to the fight against corruption.
He stated that corruption has negative impacts on every aspect of society and
has jeopardized social and economic aspirations of the State. As rural
communities suffer the greatest effects of corruption, he urged the locals to
shore up support and demonstrate the needed commitment to combatting graft and
bribery. He accentuated the link between the illicit use of public resources
and the increasing poverty gap as he underscored the significance of citizens
taking responsibility and cooperating to winning the fight against corruption.
Commenting on the effects of corruption on nation building, the Regional Manager noted that funds diverted and embezzled by public officials and or individuals are public or donor funds intended to improve the livelihoods of citizens.
He highlighted several corrupt practices across various sectors including the local court administration, the school system, the health sector, security including the Sierra Leone Police and other areas of concerns of corruption loopholes in communities. He went on to state that the Commission as a first point of action sensitize, engage, advise and warn all those involved to refrain from these acts.
Earlier in his welcome address to the ACC Team, Town Chief, Pa Adikalie Sorie Suma expressed delight for hosting the ACC team in Konakry and pledged his support to the fight against graft.
Public Education Officer Mohamed
Thullah who apprised the people on the purpose of the engagements said the
community meetings were held to educate the people on corruption matters and to
also enlist them in the fight against corruption. He stated that corruption has
permeated every aspect of society and its devastating consequences have inflicted
untold problems on the state-of-affairs of the nation.
The Senior Public Education Officer
Samuel Junisa Sankoh who spoke on the role of the community in the fight
against corruption noted the importance of sustained public education
engagements. He highlighted the various reporting mechanisms available and
emphasized on confidentiality in guaranteeing witness and informants’
Question and answer session and the presentation of ACC’s Information. Education and Communication materials formed part of the engagement.
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