NMA, ACC train new mines monitors on ethics and integrity


March 6, 2019

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Participants at the training session

 With the aim to minimise corruption in the mining sector, the National Mineral Agency (NMA), in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), on (Monday 4th March) trained the newly recruited NMA Mines Compliance Officers on ethics and integrity.

Speaking during the training session at the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources’ Conference Hall in Freetown, Chief Inspector of Mines at NMA, Mohamed Bah, said the joint training was very useful and important for officials of the Agency, so long as their work was concern.

He referred to the employees as public servants and that they were going to be faced with many factors that will want to influence their work, hence they deemed it fit to engage them on integrity.

He recalled that over the years, they have been grappling with issues of corruption, adding that they would not want such to repeat, which was why they engaged their new mines monitors.

He said integrity was a key core value for them at the NMA and the entire mining sector, noting that the monitors will be tempted to be influenced by people that wouldn’t want to go through the right channel.

He said they have an integrity committee with the NMA that ensures that people don’t default integrity during their work, and that they would take full action against any defaulter.
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He promised that they would extend the training to all their regional offices across the country.

Also speaking, Head of Policy and Ethics Department, Anti-Corruption Commission, Joseph Kangaju, commended the NMA for inviting them to be part of their in-house integrity and ethics training, adding that it was a normal practice for them at the ACC.

He said they have conducted similar trainings for other public institutions.

He explained their mandate that guide the fight against corruption, noting that the commission has the mandate to ensure that Sierra Leone become a corrupt free society, where the socio-economic values will be shared among each and every Sierra Leonean.

He called on the trainees to be attentive during the training session and implement it while working in their various fields.