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ACC, ABC Secretariat partner to fight graft

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Secretariat aimed at taking the fight against corruption to another level.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, ACC Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, stated that the MoU would help cement the relationship between the two institutions as they have collaborated on many areas in the past.

He expressed his delight, on behalf of the Commission, that both accountability institutions will ensure the document is fully operational for the good of the country.

“We are happy today as a Commission to have this MoU in place with the ABC Secretariat and it is our hope that it will be fully operational. We always strive for the common enemy approach in the fight against corruption. The ACC and ABC are symbiotic twins,” he said, and stressed that the fight against corruption should not be left in the hands of the Commission alone.

Also, ABC Executive Director, Dr. Ivan Ajibola Thomas, described the signing of the MoU as a good point of partnership because the two institutions share similar ideals, vision and mission.

He assured of his institution’s commitment and determination to ensure that the document is implemented to the letter, but emphasized that change is a process.

Presenting the highlights of the MoU, Head of Outreach Unit at the ACC, Glennis Frazer, stated that the partnership was necessitated by the two institutions’ recognition of the importance of efforts to curb corruption and to effect attitudinal and behavioural change in the country at all levels and in all areas.

She explained that the MoU would enhance effective communication between the two institutions, identify areas of common interest in terms of planned programmes of activities and projects for possible coordination and organization, as guided by the strategic plan of actions of both organizations, plus develop a synergy of cooperation and partnership between the Public Education and Outreach and the Monitoring and Evaluation Departments of the ACC and ABC Secretariat respectively.