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LACC Official Says Coalition Key To Tackling Corruption
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, December 12 (LINA) – A Commissioner of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. J. Augustine Toe, has said until Liberians create coalitions in battling corruption, the country will not change regardless of a change of governments.
“We must stand up as one people united against corruption and break the chain and culture of corruption, if Liberia is to develop,” Cllr. Toe said in a speech he delivered during the observance of International Anti-Corruption Day in Gbarnga, Bong County at the weekend.
He said as Liberia joins the global community in observing this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, Liberians should do so with a renewed commitment to fight the menace at all levels.
According to him, it is about time that political leaders, the government, legal bodies and lobby groups work together against corruption by promoting the day and the issues that surround the event.
The LACC official told the gathering that the day serves as an opportunity for all Liberians and citizens from other countries worldwide to create awareness about corruption and to promote anti-corruption activities.
This year’s celebration was held under the theme: “An Impediment To The Sustainable development Goals, and its Subsequent Slogan United Against Corruption.”
Toe noted that corruption has and continues to serve as an impediment to Liberia’s development drive and has also always kept Liberians in extreme poverty.
“When resources meant to build more roads, schools, improve the health system, provide electricity, and advance the livelihood of the citizens are diverted, sustainable development goals are undermined,” the LACC official emphasized.
He observed that when efforts are made to arrest, apprehend, recover stolen items and punish those accused of corruption, the very culture of corruption and accommodation facilitate the release of those accused corrupt individuals.