ACC Trains Partners In Port Loko On Corruption Fight
In its efforts to build the capacity of partner organizations in the fight against corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission in the North-West Region on Wednesday 30th September, 2020 conducted a one day training session for members of the Bai Bureh Heritage Foundation and the National Watch for Examination Malpractice (NaWEM) in Port Loko.
Explaining the basis for the training at the Ministry of Agriculture Conference Hall in Port Loko, ACC’s Public Education Officer (PEO) Mohamed Thullah underscored the significance of building the knowledge base of partner institutions on the Commission’s mandate, operations and its internal dynamics in leading the fight against corruption. He said the ACC as the leading agency in combatting corruption was also cognizant of the importance of enhancing sustainable partnership and coalition building and to also increasingly collaborate and constructively work to defeat the common enemy-corruption. PEO Thullah also pointed out areas of collaboration to push and intensify the fight against corruption in the region.
In his presentation to participants, the North-West Regional Manager Al-Hassan Sesay said the training will provide a platform to bring out initiatives that will aid the fight against corruption and improve knowledge on areas of collaboration with the ACC. He emphasized the value of maintaining integrity and the need for collective action to curb corruption in communities and the country as a whole. He called on the leadership of the two institutions and participants to demonstrate firm resolve and commitment and to always maintain high ethical standards in carrying out their activities and programmes.
Regional Coordinator of NaWEM Pastor Bernabas Kamara described the training as a dream come true and expressed appreciation to the commission to train and build their capacity on the work of the commission. In his statement as Executive Director for the Bai Bureh Heritage Foundation, Coucilor Ambassador Unisa Totti Fofanah said the fight against corruption is the fight against poverty and injustice. He called on participants to work together to suppress, eliminate and to pay keen attention in serving as ambassadors to spreading messages of anti-corruption in the region. He also thanked the ACC Team for training and building their knowledge on pertinent issues in the fight against corruption.
The training was divided into two sessions= presentations and group discussion. The first presentation was done by the regional Manager Al-Hassan Sesay on the ‘Overview and operations of the ACC’. The second presentation which was facilitated by the Public Education Officer Mohamed Thullah looked at ‘approaches and strategies in the Public Education Department’, the third presentation was done by the Senior Investigation Officer, Madam Lucy E. Vandy focused on ACC offences and penalties, the fourth was facilitated by the Senior Public Education Officer and it zoomed on ‘reporting corruption and the protection of informants and complainants’ whilst the last presentation deliberated on the Social Safety Net Programme and the Grievance Redress Mechanism facilitated by District Monitor Salifu Kamara.
The final session included a plenary sessions wherein participants were divided into four groups in the capacity as Civil Society Organizations, Members of Parliament, Security Force and Traditional leaders with the aim to gauge the perceived reasons on the prevalence of corruption in government institutions and communities and to bring out ideas and initiatives to support the ACC in the fight against corruption.
by ACC North- West Office
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