ACC engages SLOIC graduating trainess on good governance and corrupt-free society
In pursuance of the commission’s mandate in the fight against corruption through public Education, Prevention, Enforcement and Compliance for the benefit of all citizens, the southern Regional Office of the Anti Corruption Commission on 27th September, 2011 engaged graduating trainees at the Sierra Leone Opportunities Industrial Centre (SLOIC) Bo.
Welcoming the ACC staff members, graduating trainees and members of staff of the SLOIC, the chairman and head of SLOIC Mr. M.A Jengo expressed satisfaction for the timeliness of the meeting and pledged his institution’s commitment in the fight against corruption. He opined that his institution is a tuition free establishment that contributes immensely to the country’s socio-economic advancement. He went further to say that, as an institution, they were happy for the engagement because, such engagements would prepare the minds of the graduating trainees to maintain a corrupt free society in the near future.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Building a corrupt free Society’, the Regional Manager South, Mr. Mohamed Dumbuya, gave a brief background of how the ACC was set up and cautioned participants that corruption has a very negative effect on the socio economic development of a country. He said the ACC is building partnership with institutions in the fight against corruption and stressed that only very few people are using the country’s resources for their private gain. He encouraged trainees to be torch bearers in the fight against corruption and went further to dilate on the three pronged approach used by the commission in the fight against corruption.
Digressing on the topic: ‘grey areas and strategies in corruption control’, the public education officer South, Mr. Wilfred Bangura cautioned participants to be very mindful of grey areas in fighting corruption. He said trainees should never underestimate the resourcefulness of corrupt people in carrying out their nefarious activities and should understand that corruption is a mutating virus. He told trainees to confidently seek opportunities in society but without undue risk. The PE&EO maintained that, grey areas can be one of the following: failure of public officers to make fees public, failure to proceed on leave, over pricing of goods and services, price fixing, dealing with specific suppliers in transactions to mention a few. He admonished graduating trainees to be professionals with high reputation and credibility in their future world of work.
Making his contribution with regards SLOIC partnering with the ACC in the fight against corruption, Mr. Anthony Samu, ACC Coordinator, Bo District underscored the fact that the benefits of a corrupt free Sierra Leone are numerous, citing salary increase for public officials and provision of social amenities as clear examples. He emphasized that if we all fight corruption together; we shall build a better Sierra Leone, wipe out poverty and help the country develop. Mr. Samu finally admonished the management and staff of SLOIC including the graduating students to come on board in the fight against corruption. The meeting was climaxed by a question and answer session.
By: Wilfred Bangura, ACC, PE&EO
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