ACC commemorates International Anti-Corruption Day in Makeni
The Northern Regional office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has used this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day to raise public awareness about the evils of corruption and solicit support in the fight against corruption.
As part of activities marking the observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the ACC North on Thursday 9th December 2010 organized a colourful procession of secondary school pupils, teachers, drivers, bike riders, civil society, students of Northern Polytechnic and University of Makeni, comedians, Police and Traffic Wardens from the Mena Police field through the principal streets of Makeni.
During the procession, which was graced by the Mathora Girls Secondary School and St. Francis Secondary School brass bands, placards bearing anti-corruption messages were displayed while staff of ACC were engaged in sensitizing onlookers on the dangers of corruption and the need to join the fight against corruption.
Addressing the gathering at the end of the procession at the ACC Regional office at 61 Rogbaneh Road in Makeni, Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay said the occasion is a wake up call to all Sierra Leoneans to be committed in the fight against corruption. He reminded the gathering that if Sierra Leone is to develop, everybody should join the ACC to fight corruption.
Representing the civil society, Mr. Daniel Sarah Turay said the International Anti-Corruption Day should be used to examine ourselves and change all our corrupt attitude and behaviours for the betterment of Sierra Leone. He lamented that corruption is as a result of bad attitude which has destroyed the nation. He stressed that teachers, parents and the society have a key role to play for the development of children.
Speaking on behalf of the Sierra Leone Police, Support Officer, Rogbaneh Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police J. G. Mambu commended
the ACC for raising awareness against corruption. He assured that the Sierra Leone Police will continue to support and partner with the Commission in the fight against corruption.
In his address, climaxing the celebrations, Acting Regional Manager, Mr. Musa Jawara said December 9 of every year was designed by the United Nations General Assembly as International Anti-Corruption Day which is commemorated across the world to raise awareness about corruption and its impact on development. He said the day presents a special opportunity for all Sierra Leoneans to raise awareness, gather momentum and unify efforts against corruption. Mr. Jawara emphasized that there is a pressing need to unify and coordinate Sierra Leone’s effort in the fight against corruption.
The Acting Manager used the occasion to assure the people of the Northern Region and Sierra Leone that the Anti-Corruption Commission will continue to lead the fight against corruption without fear or favour. He expressed special thanks to principals, staff and pupils of secondary schools, the Police, Traffic Wardens, Traders Union, Bike Riders Association, Drivers Union, Civil Society Organizations, Sierra Leone Teachers Union, students of Northern Polytechnic and University of Makeni, the Media and all those who have supported the commission in the fight against corruption.
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