‘Politicians exploit loopholes to steal from the nation’ – Hon. Hassan Sheriff
The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, Hon. Hassan Sheriff, has said that the accountability mechanisms in the public sector financial management systems are flouted with disregard and that has created the opportunity for politicians and public servants to steal from the nation’s coffers with impunity.
Addressing youths and other stakeholders in his constituency recently, he opined that the challenge the country has was lack of good financial governance, a situation that he said has resulted in massive corruption by individuals in public service.
He emphasized that civil society and the media need to be more vigilant and by putting more pressure on government to end the disregard for key accountability mechanisms in the country.
Hon. Hassan Sheriff who is representing the people of Mangay Bureh in the Port Loko District, further stressed that the importance of Parliament and other state institutions should be strengthened to ensure due diligence in contract ratification, budgeting and generally strong oversight, particularly in the management of the extractive industry in the country.
He said one of the main prerequisites for achieving sustainable youth empowerment is good-health, adding that it is as a result of this that government has put in place many interventions to provide for the quality health needs of the people, more especially the young people.
“It is heart warning to note that one of the guiding principles of the National Youth Commission is to ensure the sustainable empowerment of the Sierra Leonean youth,” he noted.
He observed that the youth empowerment programme would help confront the challenges of the times without much interference from adults to take responsibility of their actions and fit well in society.
By Sheikh Ahmed
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