Monday, June 10, 2024 – Monrovia, Liberia – The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) conducted a comprehensive three-day anti-corruption training as part of the UN Joint Rule of Law Program, titled “Strengthening Rule of Law in Liberia: Justice and Security for the Liberian People.” The theme of the training is “Improving Public Knowledge Through Enabling Anti-Corruption Legislation.” The initiative received funding from the UNDP, the Government of Luxembourg, and the Republic of Korea.

During the inaugural session of the training, Cllr. Alexandra K. Zoe, the Executive Chairperson of LACC, underscored the pervasive nature of corruption, branding it as a multifaceted challenge impacting societies globally.  Cllr. Zoe emphasized the detrimental effects of corruption on both the private and public sectors, emphasizing its role in eroding the principles of good governance in Liberia. The Executive Chairperson urged participants to acquaint themselves with recently amended legislative frameworks such as the LACC Act, the Whistleblower Act, and the Witness Protection Act. Familiarity with these legislations ensures that the LACC possesses skilled investigators and corruption prevention officers who are well-trained to execute their duties effectively within the Commission.

Representing the Government of Liberia, Attorney General, Cllr. N. Oswald Tweh voiced strong support for LACC’s anti-corruption initiative. Cllr. Tweh expressed confidence that sustained efforts in combating corruption would yield tangible benefits for the nation, including enhancements in infrastructure, healthcare, and education systems, ultimately benefiting all citizens.

On the third day of the training, Cllr. Finley Karngar, Chairman of the Office of the Ombudsman, delivered a review of Liberia’s Code of Conduct. This marked Cllr. Karngar’s first public presentation since the formation of the Office of the Ombudsman. Cllr. Karngar extended his office’s full support and collaboration to complement the work of the LACC. The Chairman highlighted the office’s goals of educating and raising awareness among Liberians about the Code of Conduct. Additionally, Cllr. Karngar emphasized the importance of working with different ministries to address administrative and ethical challenges within agencies. He reassured that the Office of the Ombudsman functions as the “eye of the people and stands to hold people accountable.”

The three-day anti-corruption training proved highly successful, offering a valuable platform for delving into Liberia’s legislative frameworks. The LACC extends its sincere appreciation to the Attorney General, Cllr. N. Oswald Tweh, and Cllr. Karngar, Chairman of the Office of the Ombudsman, for their insightful remarks and presentations. Special recognition is also extended to Cllr. Alexandra K. Zoe, Executive Chairperson of LACC, LACC Board of Commissioners, facilitators, and all participants for their contributions to the event’s success.

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