NACS Sets up Integrity Committees in Local Councils in the North
In tandem with the provisions of the Revised National Anti-Corruption Strategy (RNACS) 2011-2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission has on Friday 25th May,2012 formed Integrity Committees at the Makeni City and Bombali District Councils. (Cross section of participants at the meeting)
Addressing participants at the Eric Dura Hall, Bombali District Council, Makeni, the Regional Manager ACC North, Mr. Patrick Sandi welcomed all on the behalf of the Commissioner and the Director, NACS and assured them that the meeting would mark another milestone in the Commission’s efforts to fight graft.
Mr. Sandi maintained that the meeting was for the creation of Integrity committees in Councils which will be charged with the responsibility of addressing the corruption issues in the Action Plans with the aim of minimizing incidences of corruption in the councils. The Regional Manager furthered that the councils were very strategic in the anti-corruption fight and therefore implored them to treat the meeting seriously.
In their contributions, the Deputy Chief Administrators of both councils pledged their support to the ACC. They emphasized that it was a step in the right direction as the Commission has expanded its fight to all sectors.
They stressed that though there are hindrances to the fight, they are very willing to take up the challenge. The Deputy Administrators lauded the ACC for her role in curbing the scourge and further assured that they would at all time fully cooperate with the Commission. The formation of Integrity Committees in their councils was a good move, they noted.
Giving the overview of the NACS, Director of the Secretariat Mr. Nabillahi-Musa Kamara stressed that the national strategy was the people’s road map to the fight against corruption in the country. He underscored the point that the revised strategy has as one of its unique features, the creation of Integrity Committees in the councils so that these entities would take ownership of the fight.
Director Kamara opined that NACS objectives among others was to improve social service delivery in quality, quantity and process. He emphasized the crucial role the Council’s would play in combating corruption. Mr. Kamara explained the entire NACS and revealed that in July, 2012 the civil society monitors will commence the monitoring of the action plans which had already been given out to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The formation of the Integrity Committee for each of the Councils comprising seven (7) members with a focal person formed the high point of the meeting.
Meanwhile, similar committees would be set up at the Tonkolili, Kambia and Port Loko District Councils on the 28th, 30th May and 1st June 2012 respectively.
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