Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai
“Fight Against Corruption in Liberia Still Faces Challenges,” Says Vice President Boakai
By Robert Dixon/LINA
MONROVIA, December 9 (LINA)-Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has said the fight against corruption in Liberia is still encumbered with numerous challenges, despite government’s remarkable achievements.
He named delays in prosecuting corruption cases and the lack of cooperation by government institutions to provide relevant documentation that could assist the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), as some of the challenges government is faced with in the fight against corruption.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Vice President Boakai made the observation Tuesday in Monrovia at a program marking International Corruption Day hosted by LACC at its headquarters in Monrovia.
Speaking on the theme: “Breaking the Corruption Chain,” VP Boakai re-echoed President Sirleaf’s challenge to the LACC to work harder to improve public confidence in government through their enforcement
He assured members of the LACC that the government broadly supports the efforts of the Commission in seeking additional legislations for the establishment of a specialized court to try corruption cases, the passage of the illicit Enrichment Bill and the Corruption Offences Bill.
The Liberian Vice President told the gathering that the government will work to further enhance the independence of LACC, and garner public confidence needed to address all issues of corruption in
“We are aware that corruption impedes development and undermines efficient service deliveries especially to the poor,” Boakai stressed.
He promised the full support of the government in encouraging development partners in getting the plan implemented.
Amb.Boakai noted that the government will enhance its investment in key priority areas such as health, education and public works, adding that this requires an independent and transparent body that watches over the implementation of programs so as to give value for money to taxpayers and Liberia’s international development partners.