In a bid to tackle the age old scourge of corruption that has been endemic to the Liberian society, President George M. Weah has pledged his Government commitment to the fight against corruption, stating that the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development is designed to improve governance and transparency.
Making the statement at the opening of a two-day Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in Monrovia Wednesday, President Weah said Liberians have over the years perceived corruption as a way of life which has undermined progress of the country.
He said although Liberia is endowed with huge natural resources, the citizens are yet to reap all of the benefits.
Meanwhile, President Weah has described as baseless allegations that 16 billion Liberian dollars went missing from the Central Bank of Liberia.
President Weah noted that as a way of showing his government willingness to fight corruption, an investigation was instituted which produced results to the contrary.
He indicated that although progress has been made in investigating and prosecuting corrupt cases, more needs to be done to curb the menace.
Also speaking at the conference, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman, Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, said it is the responsibility of every Liberian to build alliances to win the fight against corruption.
Cllr. Nwabudike said the LACC is ready to change the status quo as it relates to corruption, and improve the Government effort to instill good governance, transparency and accountability.
According to him, the recent LACC survey has proven that Liberians are aware of corruption and talk about it.
The LACC boss further noted that the conference was organized following consultations with stakeholders, including national and international partners.
He added that the conference is intended to bring together every sector of the Liberian society to the table to discuss how Liberia can tackle corruption.
At the same time, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah says the fight against corruption should be considered a serious national effort.
Speaking at the start of the two day anti-corruption conference, Minister Tweah said the Weah-led government is committed to pursuing the fight against corruption.
Tweah wants all anti-graft institutions collaborate to fight corruption in the country.