Propagating the significance of the engagement, the Sub Regional Manager Kono, Mr. Wilfred Bangura underscored that the engagement was part of the frequent activities of the ACC’s Public Education and External Outreach Department to raise awareness on corruption. He said it was also meant to broaden the minds and open the eyes of community people to services provided to them by NGO’S and MDA’s at Chiefdom Level.
The manager explained the significance of the Pay No Bribe Campaign (PNB) rolled out in the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) and the progress made so far by the Commission in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone. Mr. Bangura propounded on the various methods of reporting corruption offences to the commission, the protective measures and benefits for whilst blowers. Manager Bangura encouraged the participants to report corruption to the commission on ACC’s toll lines +23277-985985/+23277-986986 for Africell, 161 for Airtel or on the ACC Kono Land Line 022-530069.In conclusion, He said the fight against corruption is a national concern in which every Sierra Leonean should be involved.
Speaking on the President’s Recovery Priorities, the District Analyst of the President’s Recovery Priorities, Mr. Santigie Bangura mentioned that they have completed the Six to Nine (6-9) months phase of the recovery process and now in the Ten to twenty four (10-24) months. He encouraged all present to show keen interest in community development activities that particularly fall within the recovery priorities. Mr. Bangura mentioned that it is the business of beneficiaries to ask after projects and aids. He spoke of the strides made by his institution particularly in relation to the propagation of the PRP initiative.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Paramount Chief who also doubles as the Section Chief of Gbondu, Chief Alhaji Mohamed Gborie thanked the ACC for organizing the meeting which he said was timely. He noted that, as chiefdom, they are very willing to implement the Pay No Bribe Campaign in the President’s Recovery Priorities. He admonished community stakeholders to be pro-active and start to ask questions to duty bearers, contractors and development partners. The Acting Paramount Chief encouraged the team to continue preaching about corruption and the penalties thereon.