Members of the Steering Committee of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2019-2023 have identified the key challenges faced by Sierra Leone in the fight against corruption.
Some of these are lack of independence of legislation and enforcement bodies, lack of monitoring systems, and light punishment for corruption offenders, among others.
This disclosure was made during on Tuesday 28th January 2020, at the inaugural meeting of the ACC Steering Committee of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2019-2023 in the conference room, Office of the Vice President, Tower Hill, Freetown.
Minister of State, Office of the Vice President, Francess Alghali, welcomed members of the Steering Committee.
Delivering his statement, the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., said the ACC, with support from other institutions, is moving the fight against corruption in a direction that will have a lasting effect on the nation. “The National Anti-Corruption Strategy for the next five years is very critical as it contains the blueprint as to how we can realize a broad vision for the country,” he said.
The Commissioner said that the Committee is very significant as it is the highest body in terms of fighting corruption and achieving the goals for which the NACS was formed. He further noted that the ACC is committed to supporting every aspect of the strategy and for the existing ACC strategic plan to be aligned with the NACS, as the Commission is very central to achieving the mandate of the NACS. He said the current NACS is primarily focused on enforcement of the country’s anti-corruption laws, which is backed by prevention and public education.
Mr. Kaifala encouraged members of the Steering Committee to stay committed to the tasks assigned to them and to have high hopes for the NACS to achieve its goals.
The Director of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Secretariat at the Anti-Corruption Commission, Nabillahi-Musa Kamara made a brief presentation on the development of the NACS, emphasizing that the strategy arises mainly because of the national drive to fight corruption. He listed some key issues in the fight against corruption and measures highlighted by the strategy to combat the scourge.
Mr.Kamara said that the Steering Committee will be in existence during the course of the implementation of the strategy in the next five years.
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy was launched by the Vice President of Sierra Leone Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh. One of the components of the NACS was the establishment of a Steering Committee that will monitor the implementation of the strategy and to regularly give status report to His Excellency the President.
Members of the nine-man Steering Committee were selected based on their demonstration of high integrity and are from diverse professional backgrounds. The members are; Ahmed Sahid Nasrallah – President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Jonathan Kpakiwa -Consultant, Winstona Mella Jalloh – UNESCO Sierra Leone, Emile C. Carr – Board Member Transparency International, Lavina Banduah – Executive Director Transparency International Sierra Leone, Abu Bockari Conteh – retired employee of the World Bank Group, Aminata Ndiaye – Chief Executive Officer Orange Sierra Leone, William Sahr Kamanda – Private Consultant and Francess Alghali – Minister of State, Office of the Vice President.