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Friday, June 14, 2024

CENTAL’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MIAMEN, CHAMPIONS ACCOUNTABILITY IN LIBERIA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS

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MONROVIA – In a recent statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr. Anderson D. Miamen, an anti-corruption advocate and the Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), emphasized the importance of taking the fight against corruption to the people and places that matter. Under the title, “Taking the Fight Against Corruption to the People and Places that Matter,” Miamen highlighted the recent efforts of his organization in engaging with various stakeholders across Liberia.

Over the past few weeks, a team from CENTAL has been actively working in the counties, collaborating with focal persons to engage with both old and new officials of the government, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders and partners. The team visited all seven counties directly covered by the Sida-funded National Integrity Building and Anti-corruption Program, including Grand Bassa, Nimba, Rivercess, Bong, Bomi, Gbarpolu, and Montserrado.

Miamen expressed his satisfaction with the outcomes of these engagements, noting that Liberians are willing to support anti-corruption efforts and prioritize accountability, especially at the local level. He pledged to continue these engagements in the coming weeks and months, mobilizing broad and specific support for their work and the country’s anti-corruption and good governance initiatives.

Acknowledging the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Miamen extended his gratitude for their support of CENTAL’s National Integrity Building and Anti-corruption Program, which has facilitated these crucial engagements.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, June 4, Mr. Miamen participated as a panelist at a day-long dialogue in Monrovia organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Swedish Agency for Peace, Reconciliation, and Rule of Law. The event aimed to foster dialogue and constructive engagement among stakeholders linked to the security, justice, and rule of law sectors in Liberia, with a focus on improving accountability, transparency, oversight, and overall performance.

Speaking at the event, Miamen referenced a recent research conducted by FBA, which highlighted major governance, accountability, and other challenges in the security and justice sectors, despite appreciable progress over the years. He emphasized the need for individual-level integrity and commitment from citizens and national leaders, as well as the importance of strong sanction and reward regimes, increased public education and sensitization, and professionalization and modernization of the security and justice sectors to enhance accountability and overall performance.

The event saw participation from government institutions, security and justice institutions, civil society organizations, media, women and youth organizations, development partners, and other stakeholders, reflecting a collective commitment to addressing governance challenges and promoting accountability and transparency in Liberia.

Mr. Miamen concluded by reiterating his call to “Win the War Against Corruption and Bad Governance Together,” emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts to combat corruption and promote good governance in Liberia and beyond.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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