ACC warns students and staff of Northern Polytechnic to desist from corruption
The Regional Manager of Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Musa J.B. Jawara has warned all students and staff of Northern Polytechnic to desist from corrupt practices or face the Commission.
Speaking at a sensitization meeting with staff and students of Northern Polytechnic in Makeni on Monday14th February 2011, Mr. Jawara expressed concern over certain practices taking place at the institution that are possible loopholes for corruption. He highlighted some of these practices which he emphasized fall under the offences in the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
The Regional Manager reminded them that the punishment for such offences is a fine of not less than thirty (30) million Leones or imprisoned for not less than three (3) years or suffers both fine and prison term. Jawara informed them that the Commission has the mandate to investigate all forms of corruption, no matter the amount of money or individual involved in it. He encouraged the students to pay their fees and abide by the rules and regulations of the institution.
Giving an overview of the Commission, Public Education Officer of ACC, Mr. Al-Hassan Sesay said the engagement was part of the Commission’s public education and preventive approach in the fight against corruption. He stressed that the Commission is not just bent on arresting and prosecuting corrupt individuals but also changing the corrupt behavior, opinion, attitude and thoughts of people.
Mr. Sesay emphasized that the fight against corruption is for everybody and not the ACC alone that is why the Commission is soliciting their support. He therefore called on staff and students of Northern Polytechnic to collaborate with the Commission in the fight against corruption.
In her address, Public Education Officer Miss. Fatmata Finda Bockarie urged staff and students to report any corrupt practice to the Commission. She highlighted various methods of making report and assured them of the Commission’s fullest protection of informers and the 10% reward.
Chairing the occasion, Dean of Students Mr. Albert Kargbo told the students that they have a role to play if corruption is to be wiped out in Sierra Leone. He assured the Commission of the Administration’s determination and cooperation in joining the fight against Corruption.
At the end of presentations by ACC staff, students and staff of Northern Polytechnic were given the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. Some members of staff used the occasion to highlight the numerous constraints faced by the institution and called on the ACC to bring them to the notice of the government for them to be addressed.
Delivering the vote of thanks, President of Northern Polytechnic thanked the ACC for considering them in sensitization drive. He assured that they will join the Commission in the fight against corruption.
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