The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), has on Thursday 5th December 2019, signed memoranda of understanding with leading civil society organization Citizens Advocacy Network otherwise known as CAN; and Sierra Leonean tech giant firm Fix Solution.
The signing ceremony, which took place at the ACC Head Office at 3 Gloucester Street, Freetown, will, among other things, formalize the agreement among the three institutions to work in partnership to provide reliable and relevant information on corrupt practices and other corruption-related matters.
According to the agreements, CAN will supports the public education drive of the ACC in the form of civic education; whilst Fix Solution will provide innovative technological approaches in the fight in the form of data gathering and analysis, to support fact-based decision making.
Speaking at the ceremony, Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq stated that it is always a great thing when the Commission enlarges its team and membership by enlisting the support of relevant sectors of the society who are not official staff but can play a crucial role in the fight against corruption.
“Our number is few, the task at hand is huge, the considerations are many, the challenges are great; but when we have credible institutions like CAN and Fix Solution who willingly come up and identify themselves with what the ACC is doing for country and decided to join us, is something which gives us great hope. We are therefore thankful to CAN and its partner institution, Fix Solution, for joining the ACC in this great crusade against corruption; and we look forward to working with them going forward to change the destiny of our country”, he said.
Commissioner Kaifala further admonished CAN that the partnership is not intended to take away any independence from CAN in its advocacy drive. “Let us work together as partners, but separate in our ways and mandates”, he said.
Thomas Moore Conteh, Executive Director of Citizens Advocacy Network stated in very unambiguous terms that corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deeply into the fabrics of our nation; which required the intervention of all citizens to eradicate it—in a bid to change the face of the country. He expressed appreciation to the ACC for the fortitude, courage and determination shown in the fight. “Our intervention as partners will primarily be on civic education, as we believe that having an enlightened citizenry about the dangers of corruption is a great step towards eradicating the menace”, he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Fix Solution, Engineer Soriba Daffae expressed gratitude that, as a science-led institution that develops systems for government institutions, the signing of the MOU is an opportunity for his company to provide the much-needed support from a more technological approach to ACC in its effort to eradicate corruption; and help bring to light some of the challenges in the fight– many of which has to do with data—and to develop tech savvy applications and deploy powerful anti-corruption analytics. “Our relationship with CAN is anchored on providing scientific data to inform discussions in their activism; and this partnership agreement with ACC is tailored along that drive”, Mr. Daffae said.
The signing ceremony was chaired by Augustine Foday Ngobie, Deputy Commissioner of the ACC, who noted that the signing of the MOU is a giant step in the right direction towards liberating our country from the prevailing dangers of corruption.