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ACC’s COVID-19 Task Force Tours 6 Districts

The Strategic Team of the COVID-19 Response Transparency Task Force of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Friday 14th August 2020 concluded engagements in five districts.

The team, comprising the Coordinator of Operations, Emmanuel Koivaya Amara Esq. and the Director of Public Education and Outreach, Patrick Sandi visited DiCOVERC centres in Bo, Moyamba, Bonthe and Pujehun in the south, and Kenema and Kailahun in the East respectively.

The interactive engagements aimed at ensuring that the DiCOVERCs are mindful of the accountability and integrity regimes in the management and utilization of public and donor resources meant for the control and containment of the pandemic. They outlined the composition and rationale for the establishment of the Task Force at the ACC. 

They said the meeting with the Pillar Leads was not to undermine their good work but to seek to ensure the effective and judicious use of public/donor funds and resources that would guarantee efficient quality service delivery. 

They also highlighted the relevant provisions in the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 as Amended in 2019 relating to integrity, transparency and accountability, noting that the law has the appropriate preventive and punitive measures, once any person contravenes it.

But they assured that the ACC was keen on the prevention of corruption and corrupt practices rather than on prosecution; hence, the engagements across the country.

The ACC team also provided skills-support to the Admin/Finance, Quarantine and Logistics Leads in the areas of records management and proper reporting mechanisms that would eliminate the opportunities of corruption, which were obvious in the programs, and activities of the DiCOVERCs. 

The District Coordinators of the DiCOVERCs appreciated the move by the ACC and pledged their commitments to support accountability guidelines as would be recommended by the Commission.

The various DiCOVERC Pillar Leads provided updates on their programs and activities and catalogued the challenges. Key among the challenges highlighted were delays in the payment of incentives and allowances and the turn-around time of 48 hours for COVID-19 Test results as it is only Kenema District that has the laboratory to service all the seven (7) Districts in the South and East.

Conducted tour of treatment centres and quarantine facilities, including radio talk shows formed part of the exercise.

 Credit: Public Relations Unit, ACC

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