Upcoming events for education

April 2, 2018

  1. Religious Engagement Project

The Education and Prevention Division of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission has embarked on a year-round religious engagement campaign, partnering with religious communities under the auspices of Churches & Mosques in Montserrado County to create awareness and sensitization on the issues of corruption in their respective churches and mosques. The religious engagements have two phases.

Phase One:

Consultation with Churches & Mosques: Education and Prevention Division staff to meet with the leadership of 25 churches and mosques to get their buy-in on the implementation of the religious engagement project.

 

Phase Two:

Anti-Corruption Emphasis Month will run from April, 2018 and will run through December, 2018. The Education & Prevention Division of the LACC will work with religious leaders from both churches and mosques in the campaign to prevent and eradicate corruption by preaching from their respective pulpits with anti-corruption spiritual messages embedded in their sermons and other teaching programs each Sunday for the Churches as well as each Friday for Mosque.

 

  1. Community Relations Unit:

 

  1. Gold Watch Water Project

 

In 2015, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and the United Nations Development Program powered an assessment of the water sector. The aim of the assessment was to check the level of vulnerabilities to corruption in the management, supply and distribution of water in the country. The ninety (90) days long study reviewed all aspects of the country’s water governance process including the percentage of non-revenue, transparency in the supply of water and configuration of water management process in the country.

The report released in August 2015 found challenges at every level of the water sector in the country. The report identified a high degree of fragmentation in the water governance process of the country. The report also identified lack of transparency with the occurrence of huge quantity of non-revenue water, poor marketing strategy, lack of meter accuracy, and poor customer billing system and poor organizational structure and management control at the LWSC.

In September 2015, a risk reduction plan was developed to guide the management team at the LWSC in working to reduce incidence of corruption and poor quality of service delivery at the State-owned water Company.

In 2018, the Liberia Anti-Corruption commission received funding from the UNDP to check whether recommendations contained in the risk reduction plan submitted to the LWSC has been implemented or whether there are strides on the part of that entity to implement the plan.

Unfortunately, following a four(4) day assessment of one of the cities supplied by the LWSC with water, specifically Kakata Margibi county, the team found that the LWSC has made minimum efforts to implement the risk reduction plan as recommended by the LACC and the UNDP.  The team found that all the areas recommended for improvements are still hanging in the balance. In Kakata City, Margibi County, customers complained of the lack of transparency and accountability in the billing and cash payments directly to LWSC agents in the field with minimum signs of accountability.

These reports has concluded that based on the interviews and open testimonies from residents of Kakata and important stakeholders in the water sector in the city, the assessment team can emphatically say that Liberia is still a long distance away from transparency and accountability in the management and supply of water to rural communities across the country. The problem in Kakata appears to be symptomatic of a greater challenge across the country.

The report is recommending the full implementation of the risk mitigation plan submitted to the LWSC more than 2 years ago. In addition to the implementation of the report, team observed low level of coordination with the central office in Monrovia and therefore recommend full-scale investigation of all LWSC outstation offices specifically with relates to their financial operations.

  1. Education Awareness at selected public institutions on  Corruption

The community Relations Officer is also in the process of carrying out Education Awareness Activities in Ministries, Agencies and Commissions of government. The exercise will exlain the role of the LACC and present various steps and actions that might lead to the act of corruption and how assets declaration and verification is important in the management of public resources.

Prevention Unit

  1. The unit completed the risk assessment of the LACC and is in the process of completing the report
  2. The unit has completed draft of five letters awaiting the Division Oversight Commissioner’s signature for launching of risk assessment at the below listed institutions;
  3. Passport section, ministry of foreign Affairs
  4. Birth certificate division, ministry of Health
  • Polices clearance & traffic ticketing section, Liberia national Police
  1. Finance Section, National Port Authority
  2. Liberia Immigration & Naturalization Service, Roberts International Airport
  3. Working with Executive director of LACC to obtain past reports from UNIMIL( if any) on pre-trial Detainees risk assessment

Assets Declaration & Verification Section:

  1. The unit is currently compiling the list of all declarants from various public institutions of government
  2. The unit is also compiling the list of team members for Onsite Assets Verifications of selected public Officials
  3. Briefing Note on the World Bank Fourth Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-IV).

 

Kindly see below key points discussed during the meeting that affect the LACC:

 

  1. Medium Term Objectives: Strengthen the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and Improve legal framework for Asset Disclosure system.
  2. Prior Actions under PRSDPO-II (Prior Action II): The Recipient has completed the preparation of a three-year strategy, whose substance is acceptable to the Association, for the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.
  3. Prior Actions under PRSDPO-III (Prior Action III): The Asset Disclosure Unit within the Recipient’s Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has become operational as evidenced by the employment of an asset verification officer pursuant to an employment contract dated November 2, 2015.

 

  1. Briefing Note on the European Union 27 million new State Building   Contract (SBC) to Liberia

 

Kindly see below key points discussed during the meeting that affect the LACC:

 

  1. The LACC was invited by the National Authorizing Office attend a half day working session with officials of the EU, the National Authorizing Office among other stakeholders (PPCC, LRA, MIA, MFDP) at the premises of the National Authorizing Office (NAO) on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10a.m to 1p.m to discuss all of the indicators under the EUR 27 million new State Building Contract (SBC) to Liberia which runs for three years, 2018 to 2020.

 

  1. The overall objective of this SBC is to assist the Government of the Republic of Liberia in eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, and consolidating and improving democratic and economic governance.
  2. It is important to note that if this meeting was not held as proposed, the Government of Liberia risk receiving the first payment of the EU budget support in the current fiscal year.