ACC urged to safeguard whistleblowers

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October 31, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie 

ACC
Standing: Acting Vice Principal of FSSG Junior, Aminata D. Sesay

Acting Vice Principal of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) Junior has urged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to provide measures that would safeguard patriotic citizens who speak out and provide evidence against corrupt citizens.

Making a statement during the official launch of Integrity Club at the school yesterday, Ms. Aminata D. Sesay said the lives of those who report corrupt practices are often at risk.

With the collective efforts of everyone, Ms. Sesay posits that the perspective of the youth would be transformed from seeing corruption as a way of survival to a hindrance not only for their personal development but also for the development of the educational system and the nation as a whole.

“Corruption has rendered the one time Athens of West Africa as one of the least developed countries in the world. It is a pity that Sierra Leone, which is supposed to be the leading country in education in the sub-region, is left behind still fighting against examination malpractices and other odds which have brought the down educational system,” she said.

She noted that the country continues to wallow in poverty, while society regards those who stand against their odds as enemies, and added that, “Corruption is a cankerworm and is eating into the fabric of our society.”

Madam Sesay urged members of the Integrity Club to serve as ambassadors against the odds, like money/sex for grades and examination malpractices.

She also encouraged them to report teachers who fail to perform their duties in school but rather concentrate in doing their best in private syndicates and collecting salaries which they do not deserve.

ACC Senior Public Education Officer, Al-Hassan Sesay urged members of the club and the school in general to serve as ambassadors in preaching against corruption and examination practices.

“This is going to be a formal relationship between the ACC and FSSG. We rely heavily in the Integrity Clubs to fight corruption. We want to imbibe the culture of integrity in pupils,” he said and also urged members to serve as peer educators and role models to their colleagues.

He disclosed that they have so far established around forty (40) Integrity Clubs in secondary schools across the country.