29th March, 2023
The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Augustine Foday Ngobie on Saturday 18th March, 2023 passionately informed staff of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) and ACC District and Community Monitors that we all should put aside our pride and thoughts of superiority to carry out this Social Protection activity in the spirit of patriotism and love for Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans.
He made this statement at the NaCSA office in Kailahun Town, where he addressed staff of ACC and NaCSA in regard the ongoing verification exercises of the Phase II of the Productive Social Safety Net and Youth Empowerment (PSSNYE) project.
The PSSNYE is a World Bank and Government of Sierra Leone supported programme, implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), with the Grievance Redress Mechanism component championed by the ACC.
The Deputy Commissioner ACC emphasized that the Commission believes the exercise in the District was open, transparent and full proof of corruption. He assured all that the collaboration between the ACC, NaCSA and other partners has helped immensely in adding value and credibility to the process. "Don't ever underestimate the ACC to taking firm actions when it relates to allegations of corruption", Mr. Ngobie averred as he spoke to his listeners.
The Regional Coordinator, NaCSA Eastern Region, Moriba Foday in his submission thanked the ACC for their involvement and support to the social protection programs implemented by NaCSA. He stressed that the collaboration has been great, beneficial and will continue, as NaCSA values the relationship enormously.
Speaking also at the meeting, the Kailahun District Coordinator, NaCSA, Allen Abdul Alieu, underscored ACC's participation in the programme, which is to instill and ensure integrity and fairness. He reiterated that concerns from the pre-listed and already targeted persons would be addressed by NaCSA especially those that border on name differentials, stating that, the correct names of, and persons will be taken on board whilst they do the 'data clean up', which he stated was ongoing.
Contributions relating to fairness, trust, credibility and transparency of the verification exercise were also made by Patrick Sandi, the Director, Public Education and External Outreach Department, and Edward Ngegba, ACC Kailahun District Monitor.The ACC Deputy Commissioner was accompanied at these engagements by Patrick Sandi. Similar monitoring exercises took place in Western Area Rural, Moyamba, Pujehun and Kenema Districts.