By Ronald Joe Morovia
The Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire yesterday 10th September, 2020 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to support the fight against corruption in the country.
The signing ceremony was done by the AYV Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ambassador Anthony Navo Jnr. and the Deputy ACC Commissioner, Augustine Foday-Ngobie at the AYV Board room in Freetown.
The MoU is for the AYV to complement the work of the ACC to ensure Sierra Leone becomes a corrupt-free society through its different platforms.
According to Patrick Sandy, Head of Outreach and Public Education at the Anti-Corruption Commission, key among the mandates of the ACC is public engagement on the evils of corruption; benefit of a corrupt-free society and fostering public support and confidence in the fight.
Using the electronic medium, according to Patrick Sandy has been one way through which these have been achieved. He added that because of the trust which the Africa Young Voices Media Empire has earned itself in broadcasting in the country and internationally, it is but fitting for such a partnership to be formed. AYV, he stressed has won admiration in the hearts and minds of Sierra Leoneans across the country and even beyond our national borders and that therefore the partnership between the two entities would positively aid the fight.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Augustine Foday-Ngobie the partnership between AYV and ACC is a milestone in the fight against corruption in the country. The fight against corruption he stated is being done through several pillars, among which is public education. The partnership he added is significant to the ACC considering the role of the media to inform and educate the public. He further said the ACC cannot succeed in the fight against corruption without the people, adding that partnership with AYV will enhance the ACC’s success. He affirmed that the ACC will standby the contents of the MoU and ensure it is implemented to the letter.
Speaking on the partnership between ACC and AYV, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Young Voices Media Empire, Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr. said AYV was established to complement the efforts of Sierra Leoneans delivering information to every corner of the country and beyond. He further stated that AYV has established itself as the biggest media institution in Sierra Leone with coverage far and wide even beyond boarders. AYV, he went on, has had several partnerships with different institutions including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The AYV CEO maintained that as an institution, AYV believes in the fight against corruption and is therefore ready to support in whatever way it can to promote a corrupt-free Sierra Leone. He pledged AYV’s commitment to upholding the contents of the MOU and ensured that corruption would become a thing of the past.