By Richard Baysah
KAKATA, Dec 10 (LINA) – The Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Cllr. James Verdier is challenging Liberian youths to stand up against corruption and other ills of the Liberian society.
He said the only way socio-economic transformation can be attained and the country’s Vision 2030 realized is when corruption is brought to zero tolerance level.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Counselor Verdier made the statement Monday at programs marking the observance of International Anti- Corruption Day in Kakata, Margibi County.
He also stressed the need for youths to be sensitized about the vestiges of corruption so that they are fully armed and immunized against “the stings of corruption and its associated evils”.
Counselor Verdier said: “this year’s theme, Zero Corruption, One Hundred Percent Development speaks to the achievement of total development if corruption is minimized or eradicated. This is a patriotic challenge that all Liberians must meet head on, even though not without difficulties.”
He said an interesting feature of the 2013 International Anti-Corruption Day is not only the involvement of youths as it has always been, but a youth was chosen to serve as keynote speaker.
Cllr. Verdier said the fight against corruption in Liberia has been institutionalized with the establishment of the LACC, General Auditing Commission, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission, IAS and other graft fighting institutions that are collaborating to combat the menace.
The observance of International Anti-Corruption Day is an off-shoot of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 584 passed October 31, 2003, designating December 9 of each year to be observed as international anti-corruption day.
Liberia joined the IACD in 2009.