December 3, 2018: The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) held a two-day training workshop for High Risk Public Institutions on “Enhancing Corruption Prevention Effort” in Ganta City, Nimba County from November 28-29, 2018.
The training covered wide range of ant-corruption issues such as “Corruption and the Budget process”; “Liberia’s Assets Declaration and Verification System”; “Corruption Prevention Techniques”; and “Conflict of Interest in the Context of Law”.
Additionally, presentations were made on “The Role of LACC in the Fight Against Corruption” and the Legal Framework in the Fight Against Corruption, with emphasis on investigation and prosecution.
The corruption prevention effort in high risk public institutions workshop seeks to identify vulnerabilities for corruption in Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs), as no institution is immune to corrupt practices. However, some institutions are more susceptible to high corruption risk because the risk of corruption is inherent in the nature of their work. Institutions considered high risk include MACs with huge service delivery responsibilities and income generation activities, coupled with high traffic of human interactions; thereby breeding fertile ground for corrupt behavior. If these risks are allowed to continue unabated, they undermine the greater good and impede accountability.
Therefore, enhancing corruption prevention effort in public institutions is crucial due to system weaknesses which may present opportunities for corruption. Corruption prevention mechanisms are indispensable to the survival of institutions, particularly in an economy in which many institutions are vulnerable to corruption and other fraudulent activities as a result of inadequate policies, procedures and leadership which are necessary ingredients for employees to perform their duties effectively.
The training brought together representatives from Ministry of Commerce & Industry; Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA); Liberia National Police (LNP); Liberia Electricity Cooperation (LEC); Liberia Airport Authority (LAA); Liberia Immigration Service; Ministry of Transport; Ministry of Labor; Ministry of Finance & Development Planning; and Ministry of Health
At the close of the training, a representative of the participants, Deputy Public works Minister for Administration Joseph P. Todd praised the LACC for its efforts in bringing important government institutions together on issues of corruption.
Todd, a former government auditor, reminded participants of the critical role they play in their various institutions and said he hopes the results from the training will serve as critical starting point in curbing corruption in the future.
The training provided ample opportunity for information sharing and practical measures for officials from these ministries and agencies to avoid corruption in the performance of their duties, highlighted the mandate LACC and it provided additional tap on ring-fencing new public officials from corrupt practices.