May 7, 2015 By Patrick Sandi
In its quest to enhance transparency, integrity and accountability in the Civil Service, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), with support from the European Union (EU), on Monday 4th May concluded the Northern Region advocacy meetings with senior and middle level managers in Koinadugu District.
Speaking on the purpose of the meeting at the Koinadugu District Council hall, the Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, ACC, Patrick Sandi, stressed that the meeting was to capacitate civil servants in order to mainstream anti-corruption initiatives into their programs and operations. Key among the measures he outlined to be integrated include: asset declaration, the operationalizing of service delivery charters, developing conflict of interest rules, introducing integrity pacts and integrity pledges, strengthening internal audit systems, and enforcement of codes of conduct.
He further pointed out that the meeting was also to heighten awareness on the damaging effects of corruption and foster public support in combating the menace.
Mr. Sandi also dilated on key corruption offences in the AC Act 2008, noting that gaining such knowledge was crucial to civil servants as they handle resources for the operations of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
Head of Public Education Unit, Michael Sesay, gave an overview of the EU project, which he said was going towards enhancing and promoting good governance. He maintained that the ACC has been working with the Public Service Commission (PSC) to mainstream anti-corruption perspectives into the civil service with the clear aim to improve on service delivery in MDAs.
He emphasised that civil servants must be impartial, selfless, transparent and accountable in the discharge of their functions. These principles, he affirmed, will make them unique compared to private sector employees.
Making a presenting on “basic monitoring and evaluation tools”, Moses Bangura, Monitoring and Compliance Officer, emphasized that monitoring tools are used to determine progress made by an organization in the implementation of projects. He took the participants through some skills on performance indicators and the framework within which effective, reliable and efficient monitoring is normally carried out.
On reporting corruption, Public Education Officer Magnus Bendu reminded civil servants that it is their civic and legal responsibility to report incidences of corruption. He told them the various methods involved and assured them of their protection.
Earlier, the Regional Manager ACC North, Ibrahim A. Kargbo, welcomed civil servants to the meeting and encouraged them to be willing enough to mainstream anti-corruption initiatives into their activities.