“Use Fear of God, Patriotism To Fight Corruption”

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The training program was held at the EFCC Training Center in Karu, outside Abuja from November 12-22, 2019 with the objective to enhance the investigative capacity of the LACC staff,

 …Nigeria’s anti-graft chief tells LACC Personnel

Ibrahim Magu, Executive Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has urged 10 personnel of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Agency (LACC) to combine the fear of God and patriotism to fight corruption in Liberia, a release has said.

According to the release from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, Magu gave the advice to the LACC personnel during the closing ceremony of a two-week capacity building program held for them.

The training program was held at the EFCC Training Center in Karu, outside Abuja from November 12-22, 2019 with the objective to enhance the investigative capacity of the LACC staff, and provide a platform for the observation of judicial proceedings related to anti-corruption cases.

Chairman Magu, who spoke through Dr. Aminu Gusau, the EFCC Director for Organizational Support, said “You will have to be prepared and see how best you can fight corruption. You will have to use the fear of God and combine it with patriotism to defeat the monster of corruption.”

He cautioned the Liberian trainees that by not taking their training serious would mean a betrayal of the trust: “…betrayal of trust in the sense that you’re not being patriotic as Liberians, and by extension, you’re not even being patriotic to the continent of Africa.”

Ambassador Al-Hassan Conteh, on behalf of President George Weah, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for granting the Liberian Leader’s request for a bilateral partnership program between the LACC, and EFCC in capacity development, technical assistance and information exchange.

Amb. Conteh said the Government of President Weah believes that corruption constitutes a major impediment to national development: “It erodes faith in government because of mismanagement and misapplication of public resources. It weakens accountability, transparency and justice. Corruption shortchanges and undermines key decision and policy-making processes. It stifles private investments which create jobs and assure support from donors”, he said.

Conteh also thanked Chairman Magu for collaborating with his counterpart, Commissioner Charles Gibson, the then Acting Chairman of LACC for “acting expeditiously in concretizing this capacity building program,” which he said is central to Liberia’s current development plan, the Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD).

Professor Ladi Hamalai, Commandant of the EFCC Training Academy, urged the LACC personnel to go back home, and engage the civil society organizations to ensure prevention, which is a very important component of curbing corruption.

Head of the LACC trainees, Isaac Davies, expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Nigeria for affording them the opportunity to build their investigative capacity: “These lessons have been insightful, challenging, and reaffirming. They have energized us to renew our commitment to ensure better stewardship of our nation’s resources. We look forward to replicating the things we have learned and observed here, sharing these skills with our colleagues and applying them to our daily work.”

The LACC trainees included Abraham B. Sheriff, Deputy for Intelligence/Enforcement Division, Isaac Davies, Internal Auditor, Attorney Margaret Nigba, Legal Officer and Rebecca Kiawoin, Procurement Officer. Others were Patricia Barnaby, Assistant Asset Declaration Officer, Bernice W. Karlar, Asset Management Assistant, Vivian Blamah and investigators Emmauel Tarlue, Sonja Gibson and Rahoff Solomon.

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  1. Fighting corruption takes more than the fear of God combine with patriotism. You kidding me? Let’s be real. For one, let’s ask the question, “What will you do if this was your money being misused?”. I will open the books and let the public see all activities; I will change how payments are made (will allow pre-audits and not post-audits and verification before any cent is paid). Will the Liberian government be bold enough to put all financial activities for all ministries and agencies including finance online? Can govt also allow ‘Citizen Auditor’ locally and internationally to monitor and raise ‘Red Flags’ should anything fishy appear? Can all invoices and vouchers above $5,000 be paid 90 day after full verification by numerous auditors? This what I will do if it were my money. I don’t think we are ready to make Liberia better. It’s easy to do. It will take guts.

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