Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – West African Anti-Graft Chiefs meeting at a visual Conference have called for renewed efforts in strengthening transparency, integrity, accountability and proper governance in the management of COVID-19 and post COVID-19 recovery.
Heads of Anti-Corruption Institutions in the ECOWAS region agreed at the end of a two-day Zoom Conference to liaise with stakeholders to provide their respective governments the platform to articulate a renewed vision and political will toward the fight against corruption.
ECOWAS Anti-corruption Chiefs also agreed to regional cooperation and continue to hold Zoom Conference meetings in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The meeting also brought together the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) and Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Academy on Corruption Risk Assessment, Asset Seizure, Forfeiture and Recovery and Borderless Investigation in the ECOWAS region.
As a first step in implementing agreements from the meeting, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission will shortly organize a roundtable for all stakeholders involved in the management of Covid- 19 funds to promote accountability and transparency.
Meanwhile, it was announced that July 11 will be observed as African Anti-Corruption Day and it is expected that all anti-graft bodies on the continent will hold appropriate programs in observance of the day.
Edwin J. Clarke, Jr.
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER