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ACC ROLLS OUT THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN THE WESTERN AREA

BY: ALIMAMY LAHAI KAMARA

The Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sequel of the 2013 Afro Barometer Report which indicated that 84% of Sierra Leoneans paid bribe or were asked to pay a bribe before provided with essential social services, Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach Patrick Sandi told a meeting. The meeting was held at the Commission’s headquarters in Freetown to familiarize MDAs, CSOs, and the media with the PNB concept and infrastructure.

The PNB is a three-year project piloted among service delivery institutions such as the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), GUMA/ SALWACO, EDSA, and the Ministries of Health and Education and also targeting four districts, Bombali, Kenema, Bo and Western Area. The project provides a platform where citizens report bribery anonymously as they access services from MDAs. The essence of the project also is to analyze trends of bribery by identifying the institution, the specific service accessed for which a bribe was solicited, the amount of the bribery requested, whether it was paid or not, and the district where it occurred.

Manager, National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), Patrick George made a presentation on the reporting framework on the PNB and said the reporting channels are through the PNB website, the mobile App, and a free-toll line 515. Mr. George said CSOs role in partnering with the ACC in implementing the PNB project will be assisting citizens in the chiefdoms to report bribery by using the PNB Application.  Elizabeth Marsh, Team Leader, Coffey International said her organization provides technical support to the ACC in the implementation of the PNB, a project supported by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom Government through the Department for International Development (DfID). Abu Brima, Executive Director, Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) said the PNB project is a laudable initiative to track corruption hot-spots in the said service delivery institutions so that management can take appropriate administrative measures to address them. Aruna Kallon from CARL said his organization stands ready to tackle the scourge of bribery by giving full support to the PNB.images

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