As part of the government’s campaign to fight corruption, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) last Friday, ended a one-day county awareness forum in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County. The awareness ceremony was the fifth in a series.
In her opening statement, the Chairperson of LACC Frances Johnson-Morris said the holding of forums across the country was launched in June last year by the commission, with the sole purpose of creating awareness among stakeholders and the general public about the terms of reference of the commission under the act that created it.
She said LACC was established in august of 2008 by the legislature in order to address the problems of corruption in Liberia in fulfillment of the Country’s obligation as a party to both the United Nations convention against corruption and African union convention by presenting and preventing corruption.
Cllr. Morris added that in the absence of knowing more about the functions of the commission, it would be difficult for citizens and stakeholders in grand cape mount county to evaluate and monitor progress of the commission in the fight against corruption.
The LACC Chairperson further noted that contrary to the perception that the only function of the commission is to investigate and prosecute corrupt individuals or entities, the Commission has the responsibility of preventing through education, acts of corruption.
She added that it was against this backdrop that the LACC forum was organized in Robertsport to bring together stakeholders to create public awareness. Madam Morris told participants in Robertsports that the fight against corruption is everybody’s business, and as such, it must be taking seriously.
She called on the participants and stakeholders to join the LACC with a united front, to weed out corruption from the society in order for Liberia to achieve economic growth, progress and poverty reduction.