ACC engages NPA staff in Makeni
In its quest to enhance effective service delivery, the Northern Regional Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Wednesday 13th February 2013 engaged staff of the National Power Authority (NPA) in Makeni. (Cross section of NPA staff at the meeting)
Welcoming ACC staff at the NPA office, Head of Station Mr. Taju Aziz expressed great delight over ACC’s sensitization drive in the district. He maintained that such educational drive will go a long way to minimize incidences of corruption and foster good relationship between both institutions. The Head of Station admitted that it was a good opportunity for them at NPA to understand the operations of ACC and mode of collaboration.
Explaining the purpose of the engagement, Public Education Officer Al-Hassan Sesay said the ACC was at NPA to educate its staff on the hindrances of corruption to the development of the country and enlist their support in the fight against it. Mr. Sesay said the ACC is not a witch-hunt institution but working towards the realization of a corrupt free Sierra Leone, which will ensure that the socio-economic needs of citizens are met. He therefore entreated staff of the NPA to join the Commission in the fight against corruption.
The Regional Manager ACC North, Patrick Sandi in his presentation recognized the importance of NPA towards the development of Sierra Leone because of its primary duty of providing electricity. He said the vision of ACC is to ensure a corrupt free Sierra Leone wherein the socio-economic needs of its citizens are met and in order to ensure that these services are properly delivered, ACC needs to intervene.
The Regional Manager told NPA staff in Makeni that the major thing that will hinder the provision of those social services is corruption. He therefore encouraged them to carry out their duties in a transparent manner and desist from soliciting advantage. Manager Sandi explained key corrupt offences in the AC Act 2008 which are very relevant to the institution such as; protection of public revenue and property, offering, soliciting and accepting advantage, misappropriation of public/donor funds, peddling influence, conflict of interest, and receiving gift for corrupt purpose. He told his audience that the penalty for each offence goes with a fine of not less than thirty million Leones (Le 30,000,000) or a prison term of not less than three (3) years or both fine and prison term.
Making their input, staff of the ministry expressed dissatisfaction over poor condition of service and inadequate support from NPA headquarters. They also lamented over lack of essential logistics like photocopier and internet facility that would enhance their work and test equipment, thereby putting their lives at risk. They thanked ACC for the awareness raising venture and appealed for regular engagement.
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