GAC: ‘Put Country First, Make Sacrifices to Fight Corruption’

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From right: GAC's Yusador S. Gaye, CENTAL's Anderson Miamen and another speaker at the anti-corruption forum in West Point, Monrovia

The Auditor-General of the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Yusador S. Gaye, has called on Liberians to put the country first and make sacrifices in the fight against corruption.

Madam Gaye made the assertion yesterday at a one-day anti-corruption forum at the YMCA hall in West Point in commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9 every year.

According to the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), the objective of the forum was intended to increase citizens’ access to information on the causes, effects, and implications of corruption on society and their lives as well as to enable them meaningfully contribute to ongoing anti-corruption efforts in Liberia.

“If we all have values and a trusted system, we will always succeed and Liberia will become a better place for everyone. We can’t just leave it with the government alone to do the right thing, because the purpose of our audit is to benefit the public and not one person,” Madam Gaye indicated.

She further called on Liberians, residing in the Township of West Point to desist from destroying government property as it would also harm them, indicating that money that should be used to develop other parts of the country will be taken to pay for whatever destroyed.

David K. Yates, a resident of West Point said the seizure of property belonging to anyone that is involved in corruption will eliminate corruption in Liberia.

“We have to start to take serious action against those criminally involved into embezzlement of public funds, because this is the best way we can fight corruption in Liberia,” Mr. Yates added.

Yesterday’s program brought together residents of West Point, James Kingsley, program manager for education and prevention at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Joseph Davis, civil society actor, Oscar Johnson, Intern at the Swedish Embassy in Liberia, Anderson Miamen, executive director of CENTAL and Absalom S. F. Kendor, policy officer of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC).

Anderson Miamen, executive director of Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) said corruption has been a long standing problem in Liberia, calling on collective efforts to end or reduce it.

“The signs and symbols of corruption are all over the place. We continue to have people taking things that belong to group of people or the state, while being placed in charge or managing it. Corruption has become a serious problem in Liberia,” Miamen said.

Miamen said it’s reported that about U$3.6 trillion remains unaccounted for globally, while U$400 billion goes missing in Africa.

Gerald D. Yeakula, CENTAL’s program manager said lying and lack of integrity lead to corruption, a problem that is seen in every sector of the Liberian society.

Yeakula said CENTAL believes that an informed citizenry would help to make progress in the fight against corruption.

“We frown on the government because of its failure to address impunity. We will reduce corruption in Liberia through working together and punishing people who are involved. People need to feel part of the fight against corruption,” Mr. Yeakula said.

James Kingsley, program manager for education and prevention at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) highlighted the responsibility of the commission, including investigations, prosecution, awareness and risk assessment.

Kingsley called for ensuring better system, indicating that “It’s the system that creates corruption so putting a system in place should be a priority.”

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  1. Why are we wasting more than US$ 7 million annually on useless Commissions like the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC)??

    These Commissions have NO bite in their battle against Corruption! They have NO authority to arrest, No authority to do search and seize of property for forfeiture, and NO authority to prosecute the born rogues in our government! All they do is write substandard Audit reports, and give big, big speeches at forums, seminars, etc, while the crooks continue to flourish in their trade (corruption) ad nauseam! Hey, have you seen anyone behind bars for corruption?? Please..

    How about abolishing these commissions, and using the savings for something more productive or giving that money back to taxpayers? It’s time to stop wasting our hard earned money (tax dollars) on useless people!

    • Martin – You make some good points. These agencies only exist for ‘show’ because no action is taken to correct misdeeds by government officials. So, these agencies only exist on paper to placate the government to the Liberian people and the international community. The leaders back home don’t mean business my man and you know that. They’re not interested in building a modern Liberian state like the Singaporean did or some other Asian nation. Even the Ghanaians are better at governing their country than us. We are stuck in tribalism and witch craft. We have a long way to go.

    • Martin, the corrupt leaders and the (GAC , CENTAL , LACC) all sleep in the same bed. they date the same 16 year old girls and drink at the same nightclub and entertainment center. then you jackasses (oops pro poor delusional retards) think that they can be objective participants in a critical analysis of corruption. Hell no. At 12 midnite they dring hennessy and laugh at you smart(oops ) Liberians with eyes popping out of your heads. Why is the world laughing at Liberia? Because they dont have rose colored glasses like Dortue Siboe Doe and Sylvester Moses who think that the world is flat and if you are in Asia you will fall off the planet.

  2. GAC= Get All you Can
    Who are they auditing and for what end result??????????????????????

    LACC = Let All Corruption Continue.
    Guess they are going after the little people

  3. So much blames and accusations to be shared, with lots of finger pointing. No one is coming up with a solution, and plan that will take the country to a better future. Aspiring leaders, policy makers, what you think can be done different from what those in position of power are doing? We been in this merry-go- round for a long, long time. The mind of our typical opposition political critic is to dehumanized the one in power, so he/she can galvanize more vote to get there and fatten his/her pocket.

    One commentator mentioned Singapore, and some Asian Countries being better than us economically. Yes, that commentator is right, the reason is: they have their economy in state driven entities. We in Liberia and Sub-Saharan Africa, our entire economy is foreign private own. It is not own by the state. Since we are not in the business educating ourselves to own production, which will lead to economic strength, our economy will always be dominated by FOREIGN PRIVATE CAPITALS. I m yet to see any politician or critic who is willing to speak this language. Those of our brothers and sister who have foreign connections (citizen and residential status in foreign lands), are ducking around the issue. This is how it has been from time to time.

    Corruption is our problem, but the main straw that keep breaking the camel’s back is the lack of ownership in our society. The foreign Capital owner will tell you that state owned entities will not work, it will drive away foreign investors. Hahaha…hmmmm! Tell him it is this ownership that brought out: Toyota, Volkswagen, Land rover, the US Military, General Electric…on and on, the list is too long to mention all on this page. You can call me any name fellows country men, take my ideas and throw me away.

    Let’s massively educate our people and prepare them to be productive. Let’s give them the tools to be a productive citizen. When a Liberian goes abroad and gets train as an engineer and return to Liberia, he shouldn’t melt in the political system looking for government job, as it is always the case. The State should provide him with the necessary means to continue with his career. Instead, we sent him to Freestone, Bong Mines (in the old days), where all the strategic areas are occupied by German, Swedish and Americans. At the end, he end up carrying tools boxes for German and Swedish Engineers. His knowledge becomes obsolete, because his state does not provide him with the means to own production. Let’s do away with the self hate, we are not yet free if our spending power lies in the pocket of another man. The Asians were colonized like us, but they are on the pathway to economic freedom, we are lacking behind, and pointing fingers. Our people are languishing in poverty. We are in fact poor today then we were 60 to 70 years ago. Let’s look at other countries and learn from them, and put away our personal greed and think of the future of our countries and people.

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