ACC Solicits Support from Staff and Students of GTI- Magburaka
The Northern Regional Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has appealed to staff and students of the Government Technical Institute (GTI) in Magburaka to join the fight against corruption in a bid to ensure that the socio-economic needs of Sierra Leoneans are met.
This appeal was made by the Regional Manager- North, Mr. Patrick Sandi at a sensitization meeting at the GTI compound in Magburaka on Thursday 21st February 2013. He told staff and students of the institution that the fight against corruption is a fight for all and should not just be left in the hands of the Commission. Manager Sandi entreated them to see the fight against corruption as a collective responsibility which requires coalition building and partnership. He lamented that the fight against corruption is difficult because corruption is always fighting back, but noted that those benefiting from it are fewer than those suffering from it. He therefore called for public support and confidence in the Commission. “The fight against corruption is winnable only with your support. It is only when we are together we can succeed” he said. The Regional Manager explained some of the offences in the AC Act 2008 that have bearing to the staff and students and the punishment for each of the offences.
In the same vein, while explaining the rationale for the sensitization meeting, ACC’s District Coordinator, Tonkolili, Mr. Abdulai Saccoh called on staff and students to be willing and committed in the fight against corruption. He noted that for the Agenda for Prosperity to succeed, the fight against corruption should be embraced by all Sierra Leoneans. Saccoh explained that the meeting was part of ACC’s public education approach in fighting corruption, which involves education on the dangers of corruption and how corrupt practices in their operations can impact negatively on the development of the country. He explained the mandate of the Commission and the three main approaches it is using in the fight against corruption.
ACC’s Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay explained the various methods of making reports to the Commission and protection for informants. He emphasized the Commission’s core values of confidentiality and entreated staff and students of GTI to resist, reject and report corruption. The Public Education Officer read out the free ACC mobile hotlines and explained to them the benefits of making report, including the 10% reward to informers. He however warned them against making false report which he said, constitutes one of the offences in the Anti-Corruption Act.
In his address, Principal of Government Technical Institute, Magburaka, Mr. Amadu E.D Turay expressed appreciation to ACC for bringing the Commission closer to them. He noted that such engagement would go a long way to minimize corruption in the institution. The Principal heaped praises on the Commission for the opportunity provided to learn more about the Commission and what they should not do. On behalf of staff and students, he assured the Commission that they would abide by the warnings and stand firm against any act of corruption in the institution.
Questions and answers, suggestions and comments formed part of the meeting.
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