22,000 civil servants, ministers default
May 18, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Some twenty-two thousand civil servants across the country and ministers of state are yet to declare their assets to the country’s anti-graft agency since the initiative was launched in 2008, according to Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Joseph F. Kamara.
Speaking last Friday (15 May) during the launch of the first National Open Data Portal at State House, Kamara revealed that only twenty-eight thousand (28,000) out of fifty thousand (50,000) civil servants in the country have complied with the regulation under the revised ACC Act of 2008.
“Most of the workers that have failed to declare their assets to the State are senior public servants, including cabinet ministers and some permanent secretaries,” he revealed.
Commissioner Kamara said there was a huge gap in the governance landscape which many senior public servants fail to consider when executing their duties.
He maintained that the ACC was facing serious challenges in getting most ministers of state to fill the asset declaration forms, thus urging them not to shy away from the process.
“I am encouraging ministers and permanent secretaries to conduct a mental integrity test on the outcome of any project before appending their signature on it,” Commissioner Kamara urged.
With regards the establishment of the Open Data Portal, the anti-graft boss noted that it would help both the ACC and partners that are assisting the state in the fight against corruption.
He concluded by stating that despite the numerous challenges, the ACC was moving forward in ensuring that the country was free from corrupt practices.