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.