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ACC takes corruption fight to ABBAKO Institute

Fighting corruption is the sacred responsibility of every patriotic citizen, says Principal of ABBAKO Institute in Makeni, Mr. Ishmael Sesay at a customized meeting organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission Northern Regional Office on Wednesday 7th May at the school campus, Masuba in Makeni.

The objective of the engagement was to raise awareness among staff and pupils on some of the corrupt practices prevalent in the school system; to inform them of their roles and responsibilities in the fight against graft and to implore them to report to the ACC any suspected incidences of corruption.

Speaking on the role of the institution in the fight against corruption, Senior Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay, stated that the standard of education has fallen drastically due to corruption. He noted that deceit should not take primacy over integrity in the promotion of quality education and therefore encouraged the pupils to be studious and support the ACC to make the school a corrupt free environment.

Mr. Sesay advised the students to resist, reject, refrain and report corruption to the ACC so that the country could take its rightful position amongst nations of the world.

ACC Regional Manager North, Patrick Sandi, underscored the significance of education, describing it as the bedrock of a nation’s development. He pointed out that pupils have a crucial role to play in the fight against graft by ensuring that they change their mindset about corruption and should not envision corruption as part of the country’s cultural heritage.

The ACC, Mr. Sandi added, has done tremendous work in uplifting the education sector by developing review reports and codes of conduct which serve as roadmap in putting the sector on its right footing.
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He outlined some of the corrupt practices taking place in schools such as: mishandling of the girl child funds; extra charges; illegal admission; payment to collect report cards, BECE/WASSCE results and test papers, for which he implored the students to report such misdeeds to the Commission.

Manager Sandi entreated staff to heed to the ACC’s advice as the Commission will fall heavily on any defaulter.

“Combating corruption is not the business of the ACC alone, a collective approach is imperative. For a better future to be enhanced, the crusade against graft must be embraced as pupils become ACC converts propagating the good news of fighting corruption in the country,” Sandi said.

Public Education Officer, Abdulai Saccoh, explained the importance and benefits of reporting corruption, how to report and the protection for informers. He however cautioned students against making false reports to the Commission as it is an offence to do so. He read out the ACC mobile phone numbers and entreated them to report any corrupt practice in their school.

A questions and answers session formed the highpoint of the engagement.

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