The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Augustine Foday Ngobie, on Thursday 23rd March 2023, officially received Trainers from Canada at the commission’s office, 3 Gloucester Street in Freetown.

The team is in Sierra Leone to provide training to various institutions on mainly transforming societies, cultures, and integrity.

Whilst introducing the Trainers, Director, Public Education and External Outreach, ACC, Patrick Sandi stated that Bill Pipke, representing ‘Commissioning Lifestyle of Integrity’ and Bruce Mann from Canada is in Sierra Leone to provide training to staff of the ACC. Mr. Sandi furthered that, this was the second training provided to the Commission in-house by Bill and Bruce.

The Deputy Commissioner ACC, on behalf of the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. warmly appreciated the team for the training and implored them to do more.

He emphasized that changing mindsets and cultures that entertain corruption was tough, but the responsibility of the ACC, which makes their training very relevant.

The Deputy ACC boss assured them of the institution’s support and collaboration once it relates to increasing and improving staff knowledge and capacity to curb corruption in Sierra Leone.

In his submission, the Director of Operations ACC, Emmanuel Koivaya Amara Esq. made it resoundingly clear that training on integrity and the fight against corruption were critical to staff.

He called on the Trainers to ensure that staff is properly skilled and their capacities improved to more effectively deal with anti-corruption issues.

In their presentations, Bill Pipke and Bruce Mann thanked the ACC leadership for the hospitality and reception, adding that, a lot more public officers require this training to up their skills in public sector management and the proper handling of public resources.

With the training, the team also Desmond Johnson who serves as the Facilitator and Country Representative of Transform Sierra Leone.

It is expected that other staff members of the Commission will also benefit from the training program whilst plans remain active for comprehensive training to be rolled out, consisting of, ACC partners, and Schools Integrity and Accountability Now Clubs leadership.

It should be noted that during their last visit, this Team had an engagement with the ACC Commissioner.