ACC takes the fight against corruption to Abbako Institute in Makeni
Fighting corruption is the sacred responsibility of every patriotic citizen, says the Principal of Abbako Institute Mr. Ishmael Sesay at a customized meeting held by the Anti-Corruption Commission Northern Regional Office on Wednesday 7th May 2014 at the school campus at Masuba in Makeni.
The object of the engagement was to raise awareness among staff and pupils on some of the corrupt practices prevalent in the school system; to inform them of their roles and responsibilities in the fight and implore them to report to the ACC any suspected incidences of corruption.
Speaking on the role of the institute in the fight against corruption, Senior Public Education Officer Al-Hassan Sesay stated that the standard of education has fallen drastically due to corruption. Mr. Sesay noted that deceit should not take primacy over integrity in the promotion of quality education. He encouraged the pupils to be studious and support the ACC to make the school a corrupt free environment. Senior Public Education Officer advised them to resist, reject, refrain and report corruption to the ACC so that the country could take its rightful position amongst nations of the world.
ACC Regional Manager North Mr. Patrick Sandi in his statement underscored the significance of education, describing it as the bedrock of a nation’s development. The ACC boss North stated that the pupils have a crucial role to play in the fight against graft by ensuring that they change their mindset about corruption and should not envision corruption as part of the country’s cultural heritage. ACC has done tremendous work in uplifting the education sector by developing review reports and codes of conduct which serve as roadmap in putting the sector on its right footing.
Mr. Sandi highlighted some of the corrupt practices taking place in schools such as: mishandling of the girl child funds, extra charges, illegal admissions, late fees, payments to collect report cards, BECE/WASSCE results, test papers and told the pupils to report any of the aforementioned misdeeds. Manager Sandi entreated staff to heed to ACC advice and maintained that the Commission will fall heavily on any defaulter. “Combating corruption is not the business of the ACC alone but that a collective approach was imperative. For a better future to be enhanced the crusade against graft must be embraced, as pupils become ACC converts propagating the good news of fighting corruption in the country.” Mr. Sandi stressed.
Public Education Officer. Abdulai Saccoh explained the importance and benefits of reporting corruption to the ACC, how to report and the protection for informers. Mr. Saccoh cautioned his audience not to make false reports to the Commission as it is also an offence. He read out the ACC mobile phone numbers and entreated the pupils to report any corrupt practice that occur in their school.
Questions and answers session formed the high point of the engagement.
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