Monrovia, October 30, 2020 – The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) says that there should be a genuine commitment on overall anti-corruption efforts in Liberia by ensuring the establishment of a Specialized Court for corruption cases.
Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike noted that the LACC needs to be well equipped with the needed logistics and funding to support its investigative operations and prosecution of corruption cases, and to also elevate its anti-corruption programs all across the country.
Cllr. Nwabudike was speaking in Gompa City, Nimba County when he addressed a National Retreat organized by the Joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature on October 21, 2020
The anti-graft boss said that the LACC would greatly contribute to enhancing government’s integrity by ensuring accountability and transparency in the governance system through a robust investigation and prosecution of corruption cases only if the political will in sustaining the fight against corruption is mustered by central government.
He noted that the Investigation and Enforcement Division of the LACC reported that between 2009 to July 2019; a total of 299 cases were reported to the Commission of which 177 cases were closed due to insufficient evidence and lack of jurisdiction.
Cllr. Nwabudike acknowledged that although the LACC is challenged by the lack of adequate logistics including computers to fast track the completion of investigative reports, as well as limited fuel supply and funding to support investigative operations and prosecution, the Commission still carrying out its mandate to investigate and prosecute individuals charged with corruption.
The LACC Chairperson, also highlighted the just ended National Anti-Corruption Conference and assured PAC that the resolutions will be released shortly.
The four-day retreat was attended by integrity institution heads or their representatives who also made presentations including the General Auditing Commission (GAC); the Governance Commission (GC); the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) and the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) as well as the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.