TRANSPARENCY, INTEGRITY ESSENTIAL TO ERADICATING CORRUPTION-VP BOAKAI SAYS

Tuesday, 1st May 2012

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says fighting corruption is not the exclusive domain of any single person or branch of Government, but the responsibility of all citizens who want to see their country move forward in development.

He said transparency, integrity and quality of financial reporting is essential to the early detection of corruption.

The Vice President was speaking Monday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex when he delivered the keynote address at the 3rd Annual General Meeting and conference of the West Africa Association of Public Accounts Committee.

A release from the Office of the Vice President said that sound financial and corporate control mechanisms are among the effective tools to reduce the incidences of corruption, adding well established and prudent financial systems help to retard the spread of corruption because they promote values such as accountability, transparency, fairness and responsibility.

The conference held under the theme curbing corruption and promoting transparency in public financial management-the role of public accounts committee brings together delegates from all over Africa and international partners.

Speaking further, Vice President Boakai who delivered the keynote address on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pointed out that there is no way we can fight and win corruption if we are not transparent , saying President Sirleaf has signed onto the open Government Initiative joining several other countries the world over to demonstrate our commitment to transparency. We also passed into law the freedom of information Act in 2011 as part of our transparency initiatives in the running of the Government, the release concluded.

Meanwhile Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has stressed that in no other institution in Liberia is the availability of information resources of such paramount importance as the legislature of our country.

The Vice President was speaking Monday when he delivered the closing remarks at the end of a month long workshop held under the theme “quality lawmaking assumes informed knowledge.”