Cater Center Liberia and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in partnership with the Bong County Freedom of
Information Network have ended a two-day accountability and transparency forum in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The two-day forum brought together stakeholders and others from various government line ministries and agencies from seven counties, including Bong, Lofa, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, River Gee, Montserrado and Grand Bassa.
The Senior Project Coordinator for Cater Center Access to Information Program, Atty. Alphonso Zeon, told the Liberia News Agency that the initiative is aimed at building a system that is more open, transparent and accountable through the dissemination of credible information.
Zeon added that the forum was also intended to help citizens to understand freedom of information, how it helps to minimize corruption through effective use of the FOI Law to build their capacity in implementing it and to provide information proactively and upon request.
“Cater Center was called by the government to support transparency and accountability through the implementation of the FOI law. This is why we are collaborating with LACC to hold these meetings with stakeholders, civil society, and local line ministries and agencies,” Zeon stated.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Bong County Freedom of Information Network George Flomo has thanked Carter Center and partners for the forum and assured that the knowledge gained has increased their understanding of the FOI and how it will help to eradicate corruption.
Flomo said the Network will continue to work with residents and public officials to share information on the use of public funds and materials intended to benefit the society. LINA.