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ACC receives 1,500 complaints under the ‘pay no bribe campaign’

November 14, 2016 By Alimamy  Lahai Kamara

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Regional Manager South, Samuel Marah, says the Commission has received over 1,500 complaints under the ‘Pay No Bribe’ campaign, in about a month and half, since the reporting platform was unveiled in September this year.

The complaints relate to the five piloted MDAs, namely SALWACO/GUMA Valley, Police, Health, Education and EDSA.

Mr. Marah told the President’s Recovery Priority (PRP) Governance sector meeting at the Bo Regional office that citizens are making effective use of the PNB and that the figures are impressive and encouraging.

The meeting was to update Integrity Management Committee (IMC) members of the said MDAs, including the PRP District Delivery Team, on progress made in the implementation of the PNB, especially in the Southern Region.

While the Commission is processing complaints to be forwarded to the respective institutions, Manager Marah implored IMCs to be in readiness to receive them and take appropriate administrative actions. He said proper actions taken to address malpractices in the workplace will have a corresponding impact on service delivery.

District Delivery Team Coordinator, Evelyn Alpha, said the focus of the PNB is to maximise, reduce wastage, eliminate bottlenecks or delays, and enhance transparency and accountability in the discharge of duties. She said the piloted MDAs are key service delivery institutions as their operations touch on the livelihood and wellbeing of the common man.

IMC members gave update on efforts made to inform their colleague staff on the PNB and about the need to increase performance at work. District Medical Officer (DMO) Bo, Dr. A.S. Turay, told the meeting that medical personnel at the Bo Government Hospital are informed about the PNB and the need to protect and secure free healthcare drugs. He said the scheme has been enlarged to cater for persons with disability and Ebola survivors.

Samuel Quee, IMC member representing the SLP, noted that the Committee took a tour of Pujehun, Potoru, Moyamba, and Zimmi police stations to sensitise personnel about the PNB and on the dangers of petty corruption within the force. IMCs from Education and SALWACO also provided update on their activities.

IMCs are expected to keep records of their activities implemented so that they will respond to the second monitoring exercise on their performance relative to measures taken to address key corruption issues that impede service delivery. The Commission will outsource the service of a civil society organisation to conduct the monitoring in the near future.

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