An Anti-Corruption Youth Advocate, Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Exploring Solutions, Mr. Stephen Lavalahhas called for a united front among Liberians in the fight against corruption.
Speaking on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Kakata, Margibi County when he served as keynote speaker at the indoor program marking the celebration of the 2013 International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD), Mr. Lavalah said corruption continues to affect all segments of societyand therefore stressed the need for all Liberians to come together to fight this menace. He also called on the youths, particularly students to serve as corruption watchdogs in their various schools as a way of helping the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission and all anti-grafts institutions fight corruption.
Earlier, the Acting Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. admonished all Liberians to join the Commission in the fight against corruption and indicated that while the LACC was committed to prosecuting persons accused of corrupt acts, it would also engage in massive education and prevention programs.
December 9 each year is celebrated as International Anti-Corruption Day. The Day was designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations when it adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2003. The day serves as an opportunity for all organizations and individuals worldwide to create awareness about corruption and to promote anti-corruption activities. The global theme for the 2013 International Anti-Corruption Day Celebration is Zero Corruption, 100% Development“Strengthening Integrity Values through Youth Participation in the fight against corruption”.
In commemoration of the 2013 IACD celebration, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, National Integrity Forum and Civil Society Organizations planned series of activities befitting the occasion. The activities included a Youth Integrity Forum, Sports Tournament among four schools in Kakata, Margibi County, a parade through the principal streets of Kakata and an indoor program at the Kakata Sports Stadium. The 2013 IACD celebration was sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme.