September 7, 2015
The Integrity Committee of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has made an assessment of Integrity Management Committees (IMCs) in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). The Integrity Committee comprises members charged with the responsibility of assessing the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) by IMCs within MDAs.
Speaking at the event, held at the Cathedral Hall in Freetown, Manager NACS Secretariat, Patrick George, disclosed that some institutions have not taken the implementation of the strategy with the seriousness that it deserves, pointing out that some are yet to set up IMCs. He described IMCs as groups responsible for the implementation of the strategy’s annual work plan within the MDAs.
Mr. George said the ACC has been building partnerships and incorporating MDAs into the fight against corruption, and called on MDAs to take the anti-corruption campaign very seriously for the country to continue to build on its gains and benefit from support like that of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Member of the Integrity Committee, Mohamed Abu Sesay, said the NACS should be seen as a national strategy, rather than an ACC strategy, noting that government’s ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ is to fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.
He spoke of the various strategies that have been employed by the country to fight graft and described the current strategy as a “balanced” one which employs public education, prevention and enforcement in the fight.
Mr. Sesay said the current 2014-2018 strategy also contains a national integrity system which provides a role for all spheres of the public in the fight against corruption.
Chairman of the Transparency Committee in Parliament, Hon. Claude Kamanda, said there are many corruption issues that needed to be addressed by MDAs, ranging from flouting of procurement procedures, absenteeism and lateness to work.
He said Parliament has always supported the fight against corruption by supporting the ACC and passing legislations geared towards ensuring transparency and accountability in public life. He therefore encouraged MDAs to work in accordance with the law, rules and regulations, especially in the award and implementation of public projects.