By State House Communications Unit :

Freetown: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on behalf of its
staff and Advisory Board presented a cheque of Le.552 million (Five
Hundred and Fifty-two Million Leones) to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai
Koroma as part of its recovery policy of stolen government funds. The
presentation ceremony was held at State House on Tuesday 7th August,
2012.

 

 

While handing over the cheque to President Koroma, the Anti-graft czar
informed the President that over six billion Leones have been
presented to the government of Sierra Leone by the Commission since
2008. He also profusely commended the astute and visionary leadership
of President Koroma for his unflinching support to the Commission in
carrying out its mandate.

“With regards to the mandate of the commission, we are proud to
present to you a cheque to the total value of the sum of Le.552
million, and we thank you for the support that you continue to give to
us,” said the ebullient Commissioner of the ACC Joseph Fitzgerald
Kamara. He also noted that the Commission is looking forward to
presenting close to Le.2.5 billion by the end of the year.

President Koroma described the gains made by the ACC as a result of
the perfect collaboration within the Commission, from the advisory
board to management and staff of the ACC, and that government has
given the space to ensure that the graft bureau operates as an
independent institution.

“We are happy with the progress that you are making as a Commission.
It is our commitment as a nation to fight against this great cancer
that has bedeviled the progress of our society,” he said, adding that,
“I am sure with the strategies in place we shall get there”.
President Koroma acknowledged the challenges facing the ACC as there
are people who are trying hard to out-smart the Commission, while
others are bent on crying down the system, giving the impression that
the ACC is not as effective as it should be.

The President also noted that history will judge his government
favourably as it was under his stewardship that the ACC was given the
independence it needs to function effectively. He also applauded the
Commission for is efforts in the fight against corruption in Sierra
Leone.

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