(LINA) – Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Deputy Commissioner, Cllr. Augustine J. Toe, has said the culture of accommodating corruption by Liberians is the country’s nightmare in eradicating the menace.
Speaking at a program marking the observance of International Anti-Corruption Day in Gbarnga recently, Cllr. Toe said though Liberians cry about the debilitating impact of corruption on their lives, they are the very ones who become accommodators of those accused and prosecuted for acts of corruption.
“The culture of accommodating corruption is one of several impediments the country faces in achieving development,” Cllr. Toe stressed.
He urged Liberians to launch a drastic and aggressive mission to alter their perceptions and mindsets about corruption and agree to cooperate with the government’s anti-graft institutions and professionals in the fight against corruption, including prevention, investigation and prosecution of offenders.
Toe noted that from 1864 to present, Liberia continues to suffer in the hands of corrupt public officials, private citizens, and contractors, something that has plagued the government’s system with improprieties which professionals believe are factors responsible for the country’s under-development.
He wants the campaign to be extended to the justice system, noting: “Our justice actors need to acquire new and contemporary knowledge and skills in order to appreciate the paradigm shift in the global anti-corruption drive.”
“Corruption is not strange to Liberians; what is strange to Liberians are the anti-corruption laws, programs, approaches and techniques that many Liberians are yet to understand and appreciate,” the LACC Commissioner emphasized.
Toe also observed that the separate but coordinated and collaborative roles of the three branches of the government in committing to drastic actions against graft and theft of public resources can never be over-emphasized.
“From promulgating appropriate and applicable legislations to enforcing anti-corruption laws and adjudicating cases of corruption in a free and speedy manner and holding culprits accountable are the panaceas to minimizing this menace,” he concluded.