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The ACC Commissioner said all monies recovered by the Commission are paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Mr. Macauley said that through the Systems and Processes Review Department, the Commission is working on correcting problems around the yearly Hajj programme by putting proper systems in place in the award and administration of the programme. 

The ACC Chief also talked about the delay in the Isha Johansen case which he blamed on the accused’s frequent travels out of the country.

Commissioner Macauley informed CSOs and the media that from the Commission’s findings on the overt operations conducted at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay last year, the Commission observed a significant increase in the amount of revenue generated during the exercise. 

On the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign, Mr. Macauley said that the campaign is very important in the fight against corruption, highlighting the number of reports made to the Commission and the actions taken by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to address them.

On the issue of double dipping, he said forty one (41) health workers were found wanting and were made to pay back monies received from Government.

The ACC Commissioner also informed members of the CSO/Media about his recent election as the President of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA).

Mr. Macauley said that all these gains are being made amidst the numerous challenges facing the Commission, including the lack of office space and the snail pace of the construction of the proposed ACC building at Tower Hill. He acknowledged the commitments made by the Government of President Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio to fight corruption and give more strength to the ACC. He said one important area he would put forward to the new Government is the need to dedicate a division within the Court registry for anti-corruption cases.

Civil society representative Charles Mambu said that the interactive forum between the ACC and CSO/Media is very important in the fight against corruption. Mr. Mambu commended the ACC, noting that amidst all the challenges faced by the Commission, there had been notable successes as seen in the Commission’s quarterly reports. He talked about concerns from the general public over the perceived inability of the Commission to investigate high profile cases.  

The Director of Public Education and Outreach Koloneh Sankoh who chaired the programme said the event is a quarterly exercise to update the media and civil society activists on the work of the Commission.

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