LACC HOLDS SECTORAL MEETING IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL ANTI- CORRUPTION CONFERENCE

Thursday, September 10, 2020: The Liberia Anti-Corruption (LACC) in collaboration with other integrity institutions hosted a one day sectorial meeting in support of the National Anti- Corruption conference at Corina Hotel on September 10, 2020.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike encouraged participants to be involved in the purpose of hosting the anti-corruption conference. He said the idea of the conference was to reached a perception about corruption in our country and find a new approach in the fight against it.

He further said, that the idea is not to reinvent a new will or change what is already on going but the key point is, after 176 years of existence and fighting corruption, if the system and results we are getting are not encouraging then there is a need to look at it so that the result can be better or different from what we are getting now and if the political will is there but it’s not also seen, then we need to know why.

The Chairperson also said that he hoped the discussions which included Improving the Legal Framework, Enhancing Citizens Confidence and Participation and the Impact of Political Will  on the Fight Against Corruption  (Collaboration, Financial Autonomy, Capacity Development)will be used as a  guiding process against the perception Liberians have on corruption.

Making remarks on behalf on the Inter Religious Council of Liberia, Bishop Joseph Kortu Brown recognized the work of the LACC and reaffirmed the Council’s support in the fight against corruption.  He asked everyone to take the fight seriously and resources be used for its intended purpose. Bishop Brown also encouraged the Commissions to continue the fight and hoped all integrity institutions take their respective mandate seriously.

Also speaking at the meeting, Chief Zanzan Kanwa of the Traditional Council applauded the LACC for the initiative taken to combat the fight against corruption. He said, corruption is a long time enemy and the government should not take the blame alone for this; but we all should and fight this disease together.

Other anti-graft institutions including the  Speaking on behalf of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), and Governance Commission (GC) noted that corruption is only spoken with our lips, forgetting to know that it has strength and will of fighting back. They also pledged their commitment and willingness to join the LACC in this fight.

The conference was held under the theme; “Re-Shaping Perception on Corruption and Identifying New Approaches to Addressing Systemic Corruption in Liberia” brought together Political Parties, the Inter Religious Council of Liberia, the Traditional Council, the Liberia Marketing Association, the Press Union of Liberia, The Federation of Liberia Youth, and Liberian National Student Union.

The sectorial conference is the last in the series of consultative meetings leading up to the National Anti-Corruption Conference to open in Monrovia on September 17.

REGION TWO CONSULTATION OPENS IN BONG COUNTY

Monday, September 7, 2020: The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) continued its regional consultation in Gbarnga, Bong County on August 31, 2020.

This second in the series of consultations brought together local government officials and civil society organizations from Nimba, Margibi, Lofa and Bong Counties.

Speaking in separate remarks at the opening ceremonies, the Superintendents of the various counties expressed the need for the LACC to conduct similar workshops to keep their feet to the fire.

They also expressed the need to decentralize the LACC so that it impact could be felt around the country.

They thanked the LACC for the invitation to the consultation and hoped that the consultation will promote honesty among the participants for discussions.

The Superintendents pledged their full support of their respective counties in the fight against corruption.

For his part LACC’s Executive Chairperson, Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike noted the LACC was holding the consultation in collaboration with other anti-graft institutions.

He noted that the Regional Consultations will lead into the National Anti-Corruption Conference to design new strategies to fight corruption.

Topics discussed at the consultation included a cross section of themes related to the fight against corruption.

At the end of the consultation, participants called for

specialized  courts should be set up for corruption cases only in addition to having both the illicit enrichment law and the whistle blower should be passed act should be passed into law.

They also recommended more budgetary support to the LACC 

Local government officials, elders from central Liberia, Youth groups, Civil Society and Media who gathered for the consultative meeting also called for the LACC  to given prosecutorial power through legislative enactment.

The participants also recommended that the Asset declaration should be more effective on a quarterly monitoring basis and some legal penalty should be meted out for those officials who don’t declare in the specified time given.

The next regional meeting is expected to take place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County involving Bomi, Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Rivercess and Grand Bassa Counties on September 3.

LACC ENDS REGIONAL CONSULTATION IN GRAND BASSA COUNTY

Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Delegates at the National Anti-corruption regional consultative meeting held in three regions of the country have made a common position to the government for increased political will, improvement in the Justice system of the country and the establishment of specialized court to deal with corruption cases.

The two hundred and fifteen (215) delegates from all the counties meeting in the three regions also acknowledged the drastic decline in public trust for national government over the years due bas governance since the formation of the country

They called for an end to patronage system and bribery among law enforcement agencies especially the Police.

Delegates also unanimously recommended that the government should tackle the country’s young generation by emphasizing anti-corruption education in public schools across the country

The regional consultations which was held under the theme; “Re-Shaping Perception on Corruption and Identifying New Approaches to Addressing Systemic Corruption in Liberia”brought together local government officials and civil society organizations, youth leaders, and  local elders  from all of the fifteen(15) Counties.   

The first regional consultative meeting was held on August 26 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and brought in the southeastern counties; the second one was held on August 31 in Gbarnga, Bong County for the counties in central Liberia the third and final meeting was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on September 3.

Recommendations from the 15 counties will be presented at the National Anti-Corruption Conference which is slated to be held on September 16 & 17 in Monrovia

Prior to the National Conference, the LACC along with other anti-graft institutions will hold a one-day Sectorial Meeting in Monrovia under the same theme. The sectorial meeting will bring together Political Parties, Youth Groups, the Media, and the Inter-Religious Council among others.

The meeting will offer the participants the opportunity to participate, engage discuss and advance recommendations to strengthen the Government’s fight against corruption.

LACC HOSTS REGIONAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE

Wednesday, September 2, 2020: The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) formerly opened the first of three regional consultations in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County on August 26, 2020 

The regional consultation which was held under the theme; “Re-Shaping Perception on Corruption and Identifying New Approaches to Addressing Systemic Corruption in Liberia” brought together local government officials and civil society organizations from Sinoe, Rivergee, Maryland, Grand Kru and Grand Gedeh Counties.   

Speaking at the opening ceremonies, Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Kai Farley called on participants to discuss the fundamental issues of corruption that he said has tied the country down since the formation of LIBERIA and has also affected all sectors of society including award of contracts, trucking voters during elections and other difficult areas in the fight against corruption.

He said corruption has also deeply affected value system of the country and its people and pledge the full support of Grand Gedeh in the fight against corruption.

Making remarks on behalf of the Superintendent’s Council of Liberia, River Gee County Superintendent Philip Nyenuh said corruption has been an impediment to the development of the country for so long

While pledging the full support of the Superintendent Council, Mr. Nyenuh praised the work of all stakeholders in ensuring that local government has a voice in the fight against corruption in the society.

For his part LACC’s Head of Delegation to the Consultation James Kingsley who is the Program Manager for Education said the Commission was seeking to know the real issues in the fight against corruption and also stated that since the formation of the state, the country has been confronted with the issue of corruption.

He said a collective approach to reducing incidents of corruption is important.

Topics discussed at the consultation included a cross section of themes related to the fight against corruption.

At the end of the consultation, participants called for the development of national whistle-blower system, and deliberate improvement of the country’s justice system as cardinal means to dealing with the fight against corruption.

Local government officials, elders from south-east Liberia, Youth groups, Civil Society and Media who gathered for the consultative meeting also called for the development of a special curriculum on corruption to be included in the teaching curriculum for Liberia secondary schools.

ATTENTION

May 11, 2020

It has come to the attention of the LACC that some person or persons has illegally used the name and picture of the Executive Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, to open a Facebook account within the Henry Costa page, and has used the account to propagate hate messages and anti-government misinformation. This is to inform the public that any information posted under an account under his name is fake, false and misleading. The Executive Chairperson of the LACC does not operate any active personal Facebook account and does not post information on any Facebook account. Those behind this illegal act are obviously intended to use this account for purposes that are most likely to harm the Chairperson, his friends, family and employer. Meanwhile, the LACC has notified FACEBOOK, and the Minister of Justice/Attorney General of Liberia about this illegal activity.

Signed: Edwin J. Clarke, Jr.

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

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