MONROVIA, Sept. 16 (LINA) -The Government of Liberia, through the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and other integrity institutions, has convened a two-day National Ant-Corruption Conference aimed at deriving at new strategies and methodologies in the fight against the menace.
The conference, which was held under the theme; “Re-shaping the Perception of Corruption and Identifying New Approaches to Addressing Systemic Corruption in Liberia” is being held at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, Monrovia.
Speaking during the opening session, the Executive Chairperson of the LACC; A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, stated that upon his ascendency as head of the institution in January 2020, he and his team was given the mandate to closely examine the Liberia anti- corruption space, which comprises of the institutions, individuals, stakeholders as well as the legal framework in which the fight against corruption was being prosecuted in order to steer the fight against corruption.
Nwabudike disclosed that in an attempt to enhance the fight against corruption, the LACC under his leadership commissioned two surveys with rigorous consultation being carried out with all of the integrity institutions and partners in Liberia.
He added that at the end of those exercises conducted by the LACC, the institution derived at a unanimous conclusion that there is an urgent need for redefining the perception of corruption and the prevailing strategy for fighting corruption in the country.
“This effort, is not to reinvent the wheel, rather it is our acknowledgement that some adjustments need to be made on how we see corruption, how we accept corruption, and how we fight corruption.
“As a national institution tasked with fighting corruption in our country, we are keenly cognizant of the President’s passionate commitment to redressing the issue of corruption. This is clearly demonstrated by the emphasis of the Government’s Agenda on Good Governance and Transparency,” the LACC boss noted.
He asserted that although the Government of Liberia has committed itself to supporting the LACC to lead the fight against corruption in Liberia, it is still the responsibility of other institutions, most especially integrity institutions, to rally their efforts in the fight against the public menace.
“While the Government has made a commitment to support the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, yet it is truly our responsibility collectively as people to rally and be allies to win the fight. The perceptions about corruption have to change,” the LACC Executive Chairperson said.
According to him, anti-corruption institutions in Liberia have made some good gains recently in addressing corruption; citing that more has to be done in order to win the fight against the public scourge.
He emphasized the need for anti-corruption institutions in Liberia to change the status-quo in the fight against corruption, noting: “We want to improve the government’s effort to install Good Governance, Accountability and Transparency and to tackle the abuse of public resources.
“We want to make people more aware of and to understand the nature of corruption so that we can all appreciate the dimension and impact on the lives and the development of our communities and our country,” he stressed.
Nwabudike further said that the recent surveys conducted by the LACC have unveiled that Liberians are now aware and can recognize instances of corruption and can now speak about them.
He indicated that the National Anti-Corruption Conference is being convened because of the ability of Liberians to recognize and speak on instances of corruption in the country.
“This conference is designed to create a National Platform for all active players in the integrity sector, including Civil Society actors, the Media, Judiciary, Legislature to consult and to agree to achievable and creative new ways to fight corruption.
“Prior to today, we have organized regional consultative meetings across the country and sectoral meetings in Monrovia to solicit citizen’s views and proposals to set the new Agenda. The output and recommendations from the regional consultation will be presented during this conference, » the LACC head assured.