The Liberia Chapter of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network an international anti-corruption and integrity institution has described the current fight against corruption in the country as lip service and deceptive.
Speaking at the Citizen Engagement Roundtable in commemoration of this year International Anti-Corruption Day held at the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinions in Monrovia, GYAC-Liberia National Coordinator James Koryor stated that the fight against corruption by key stakeholders especially the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is not yielding any fruitful results in regards to the statutory mandate of the LACC.
The anti-corruption advocate furthered stressed that citizens has lost confidence and faith in the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and other integrity institutions because of their loop-warm posture towards the fight against corruption in Liberia.
Mr. Koryor further stated that it is frustrating and worthless to see millions of taxpayer’s money being spent on the LACC and other anti-corruption institutions who have failed to eradicate or minimize corruption in the Liberian society.
The GYAC-Liberia boss used to occasion to call for a robust and more practical approach in fighting against corruption in Liberia with the inclusion of civil society.
Serving as Keynote Speaker, human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe, stressed that the lack of political will has render corruption a Public Friend and can be seen in every corner of the Liberian society.
The former Solicitor General further stated that corruption increases if corrupt act are not punish and the failure of the President to ensure that those who mismanaged public resources are held accountable or liable has render the fight against corruption a complete disappointment.
Cllr. Gongloe also inform participants at the forum that the action by the President to take full responsibility of NOCAL financial meltdown and her regular transferring of senior officials of government who are sometimes implicated in audits and other investigations have also render the fight against corruption in the country as impractical.
For his part, veteran Liberian journalist, Atty. Philip N. Wesseh who presented on the role of the media in the fight against corruption in Liberia stating that the media is very essential to the fight against societal ills.
Attorney Wesseh also stated that journalists or media institutions reportage on corruption related issues should be more detailed and accurate because such report has to do with an individual character. The Inquirer Boss called for an independent media as Liberia prepares for elections in 2017.
Also speaking on the role of youth in the fight against corruption in Liberia, Youth Exploring Solutions Executive Director, Stephen B. Lavalah caution young people to stop honoring and begging individuals who are corrupt.
The YES boss furthered stated all around the world it is young people who initiate change and as such young people in Liberia should now focus on economic empowerment to be able to make independent decision that will help move the country forward and stop been used by corrupt and greedy politicians.
The event brought together over one hundred participants including the media and was held under the theme: “Gaging Anti-Corruption efforts in Liberia”. By resolution 58/4 of October 31, 2003, the UN General Assembly designated December 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day. This decision aimed to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.