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Animators Capacitated On The Pay No Bribe Campaign

Animators Capacitated On The Pay No Bribe Campaign

Coffey International in partnership with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 19th October, 2017 concluded a three-day training session for animators of Mankind’s Activities for Development Accreditation Movement (MADAM) on the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign at the Conference Hall of MADAM, Makambo Village, Bombali District.

Coffey International is a UK-based Consultancy Firm providing technical support to the ACC on the PNB project, and MADAM is the Civil Society Organization (CSO) supporting implementation in Bombali District.

The capacity building training aimed at improving animators knowledge on animation and the PNB project, and upping their skills in the use of smart phones as they would be required to facilitate reports through the use of the phones-515 free line and the mobile app.

Explaining the PNB programme, Deputy Director Public Education and Outreach Department, ACC Patrick Sandi, underscored, bribery and corruption is harmful to the country in several ways; it reduces the services provided to citizens, since money, materials and equipment meant for the service are used for other purposes, and that it puts additional expenditure on people trying to access public services.

Mr. Sandi said, the PNB is led by the ACC and Office of the Chief of Staff with the aim to reduce small scale corruption and bribery that the people of Sierra Leone experience on a daily basis across a wide range of services noting that; the PNB enables citizens to report bribery and corruption to the ACC on the Ministries of Education, Health, EDSA, Water-GUMA/SALWACO and the SLP through 515 free line on all networks, the mobile App or website: www.pnb.gov.sl without providing their identity.

Paying bribes reduces the amount of money you have to pay for food, for housing, for clothes, and for fuel, Sandi emphasized. As animators, they should tell the people that it is important to report when they pay bribe, resist paying and meet an honest official, he concluded.

Coordinator CSOs-Coffey International Moi Sellu, dilated on animators role and what is expected from the animators by the ACC, and Coffey. Mr. Sellu stressed that as animators they should be seen very active, and well motivated to sensitize, teach citizens how to report and facilitate reporting when deemed appropriate.  He furthered that, they should be seen as people of high integrity, otherwise, they will have no one to blame for any wrong doing.

Martin Simonsen, Technical Adviser Coffey International enlightened animators on the use of PNB phones, and Kobo tool-which is an application on the phones that will ensure effective monitoring of the animators as they carry out their different tasks.

Earlier, the Coordinator of animators-MADAM, Edward Conteh admonished animators to treat the training very seriously, and consider themselves worthy of contributing to the fight against bribery and petty corruption in Sierra Leone, without putting premium on pecuniary benefits.

The training was climaxed with a field trip, where the animators interacted with the wider public of Makeni city sensitizing them on the PNB and providing feedback to the trainers on their experiences and challenges.

Similar training had earlier been held for animators in Kono District from 3rd-5th October, 2017.

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