LACC Chair Stresses Need for Partnership in Fighting Corruption

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The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James N. Verdier Jr., has stressed the need for a partnership between the LACC, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media in the fight against corruption, a press release said.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day workshop for civil society organizations, Cllr. Verdier said the LACC cannot fight corruption alone. He noted that CSOs and the media, as watchdogs of society, can help the LACC fight corruption by exposing and raising public awareness on the existence of and threats posed by corruption.

The LACC boss pointed out that anti-graft bodies depend on CSOs and the media to enlighten and present them with accurate information that helps reveal fraud and expose dishonesty. “Civil society organizations and the media play a crucial role in the fight against corruption because they provide information with which citizens can hold both public and private institutions accountable,” Cllr. Verdier told participants.

Also making remarks at the opening of the workshop, the Acting Chief of Party of the USAID/Legal Professional Development & Anti-Corruption (USAID/LPAC) project, Dr.

Samson Sempasa, said corruption continues to impede development worldwide, and spoke about the need to strengthen civil society organizations in the fight against corruption.

Dr. Sampasa then pledged his organization’s support to integrity institutions to strengthen them and make their voices heard in advancing the fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, the workshop seeks to enhance partnership between the LACC and CSOs to make them active participants in the fight against corruption. The two-day workshop, which runs from March 29-30, 2017, brings together over thirty (30) civil society organizations and is being sponsored by the LACC and the USAID/LPAC project.

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