By Antoinette Sendolo The newly appointed chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) , Cllr. James Verdier, has stressed the need for the LACC to be given persecutory power in order to further the fight against corruption.
Cllr. Verdier added that under his administration, he will ensure that perpetrators of corruption are persecuted stressing that not a single person will go Scotch-free.
Speaking on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy on the managing editor of the INQUIRER Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, Cllr. Verdier also promised to work in collaboration with the Justice Ministry in order to foster social justice and fight corruption in the country. He hailed the cooperation between the ministry and his commission.
According to Cllr. Verdier, in order for the LACC to be effective, the media and other relevant institutions should get involved and support its work.
The Anti-corruption Chief asserted that the fight against corruption cannot succeed without the media, stressing that the media has as crucial role to play in this fight. He added that the LACC also cannot move a step ahead without the help of the media.
He said, ”In order to achieve the work of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, the media must be objective in its reportage and be willing to provide adequate and credible information to the public and the LACC”.
Cllr. Verdier vowed to de-centralize the work of the LACC and be more transparent and accountable to the people of Liberia in its work. He also stressed the need for adequate support for the Commission to effectively and efficiently execute its mandate.
For his part, the Managing Editor of the INQUIRER, Atty. Philip Wesseh described the visit as very important and challenged the LACC Boss to do his job without fear or favour.
Atty. Wesseh also encouraged Cllr. Verdier to run the affairs of the LACC with a spirit of coordination in a bid to build a strong team work that will ensure a smooth working relationship with his colleagues.
“We, your associates are proud of your preferment, but that should not make you to do your job based on friendship because if you fail, we too will fail,” Atty. Wesseh advised his former classmate, Cllr. James Verdier.