first_imgThough she has been in Liberia for less than three years, the head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ms. Karin Landgren, who is the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative to Liberia, has realized that the underdeveloped nature of Liberia and the impoverished state of its citizens is the result of rampant corruption in the country, especially in the public sector.She said corruption has impoverished Liberia, broken its people and kept a majority of the citizens perpetually poor.The UNMIL boss said corruption which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf once termed as “public enemy number one” and “vampire to the country’s development,” has created mistrust of public officials by the citizens which was clearly evidenced during the early stages of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.Ms. Landgren made those comments during a Partners’ Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) yesterday at the LACC’s headquarters on UN Drive, Monrovia.The Round Table seeks to solicit policy, moral and especially financial support for LACC’s three- year strategic plan that was launched last year by Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.Corruption is affecting every facet of the Liberian society, Ms. Landgren observed,  making specific references to the Liberian school system and the country’s security sector (notably the Liberian National Police), which will take over as UNMIL gradually draws down.She urged the government, through LACC, to crack down on corruption in order to liberate Liberian citizens from abject poverty and underdevelopment. This will also help in building a mature, responsive and vigorous citizenship, advised Landgren. She suggested the possibility of promoting a national discussion on corruption indicators.The SRSG indicated that the fight against corruption can only be won when every Liberian begins to see the act as socially unacceptable and seriously embark on the public pursuit of accountability.Ms. Landgren also called on government to identify priority projects to its partners that would have lasting impacts on the country’s development.President Sirleaf, in her remarks, acknowledged that two things holding Liberia back from achieving its development goals are corruption and capacities. “Capacities because many times we set goals and people, without doing anything wrong, just don’t know what to do to carry out what we are supposed to do,” she said.But beyond that are those who do not feel that corruption is wrong, those who find it as the only way to send their children to school or the only way they can live, said President Sirleaf.  She acknowledged that corruption is mainly being perpetrated, especially by high profile officials, as a result of greed.“We still have as part of this culture [of corruption] or systemic nature, greed. There are those who do not have to do it, because they have the means to take care of their livelihood and to meet their basic needs, but they continue to want more, more and more and will go (to any lengths to cheat) and this is where we get the violations, fraudulent actions in the procurement system, judicial system and in the making of arrangements. We all need to do something about this.”Partnership countries need to respond to their tax payers’ money through their institutions.  They have got to be able to say how the money put into Liberia’s development has been used, said the President.  She asked all the partners at the Round Table Discussion to be open. “Please be recognized; please work with the LACC that is making an honest effort to address this problem,” she pleaded.President Sirleaf expressed joy over news that the national legislature has begun to have serious reservations about the issues of corruption in the country. “I’m so pleased to have heard [that coming from] a member of the Senate. They have expressed concern about corruption. I now look to them to work with me to set the example and to make sure that we are able to do what we are  supposed to do as leaders of this country to address this problem that is undermining all the efforts that we are making to achieve our development goals.The President said she hoped the media would continue its watchdog role.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSome of the crowd at today’s race.A great crowd of 100 runners and walkers of all ages took part in the An Craobhin Operation Transformation 5K today.The following are the results and all the times. Time Number Name17.05 2759 Liam Doherty M17.09 2760 John Sweeney M17.14 2553 Edward Sweeney M 17.42 2764 James Mc Fadden M18.11 2761 Johnny o Doherty M18.5 2739 Joe Gallagher M19 2745 Jimmy Gallager M19.09 2758 Christopher Murray M19.32 2550 Adrian Gaffey M 19.41 2777 Eddie Gallagher M20.03 2763 Frances Gallagher F20.13 2749 Brian Hegarty M20.23 2781 John Doherty M 20.36 2762 Seamus Gallagher M20.4 2740 Johnny Mc Cafferty M20.5 2543 Helen Mc Laughlin F20.53 2800 James Mc Laughlin M22.1 2551 Grainne Mc Daid F22.12 2738 Liam Doherty M22.42 2788 Noel Mc Bride M22.58 2549 Nancy Mc Namee F23.2 2741 Jonathan Halley M23.41 2799 John Bradley M24.14 2798 Aubrey Baxter M24.19 2552 Petra Mc Cafferty F24.22 2547 Hugh Rodden M24.25 2785 Patrick Patton M24.26 2780 Lisa Doherty F24.53 2747 Henry Gallagher M25.44 2789 John Mc Brearty M26.17 2735 Noreen Mc Shea F26.19 2563 Marie Kelly F26.21 2768 Mary T Gallagher F26.22 2767 Liam Mc Laughlin M26.34 2744 Marie Mc Fadden F26.46 2565 Martina Mc Grenra F26.48 2787 Ann Kelly F26.5 2778 Sharon Gallagher F27.15 2743 Ann Sweeney F27.19 2718 Eileen Duggan F27.24 2794 Maureen Gallagher F27.26 2545 Noreen Fagan F27.36 2737 Andrea Doherty F27.54 2755 Gerry Burke M28.52 2564 Tina Paige F29.06 2566 Martin Gallagher M29.11 2796 Cormac Gallagher Child29.12 2769 maria Murray F29.2 2742 Claire Mc Bride F29.29 2748 Michelle Doherty F29.39 2734 Paula Mc Elwaine F29.5 2776 Mary Duddy F30.05 2774 Fiona Mc Connell F30.32 2792 Madge Gallagher F30.45 2557 Sally Anne Sherry F30.53 2782 Tracey Cannon F31.28 2733 Carol Mc Elwaine F31.28 2556 Donna Mc Gettigan F31.34 2756 Michelle Rankin F31.43 2793 Denis Gallagher M31.53 2546 Bernard Boyle M31.54 2773 Shania Mc Laughlin Child31.55 2558 Fiona Mc Geady F32 2752 Rosleen Brennan F32 2544 Julie Murphy F32.06 2779 Rosaleen Gallagher F32.12 2746 Ann Marie Gallagher F32.15 2707 Diane Mc Mahon F32.38 2757 Grace Murray F32.41 2541 Kathleen Mc Court F33.12 2717 Eileen Mc Laughlin F33.5 2542 Sharon Mc Laughlin F34.53 2754 Sinead Gallagher F35.52 2548 Ann Quinn F36.25 2790 Orla Mc Ginty Child36.29 2775 Emma Mc Connell F36.3 2554 Fidelma Gallagher F36.35 2795 Eoin Gallagher Child36.36 2791 Lee Mc Ginty Child36.37 2770 Frances mc Bride F36.38 2736 Eileen Kelly F36.49 2797 Brendan Gallagher m39.2 2753 Louise Gillen F40.32 2786 Gerard Forde M45.03 2783 Gemma Spratt F45.03 2784 Anna Spratt F45.46 2562 Treasa Gallagher F45.54 2561 Hugh Gallagher M45.54 2567 Tara Copper F45.54 2568 Hugo Copper M46.44 2765 Helen Shields F46.44 2766 Ann Patterson F47.01 2771 Siobhan Mc Laughlin F47.03 2772 Niamh Mc Laughlin Child49.36 2555 Rosaleen Mc Daid F49.36 2559 Paul Gallagher M49.36 2560 Cian Gallagher ChildDOHERTY IS FIRST HOME IN AN CRAOBHIN OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 5K was last modified: March 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5kAn CraoibhinResultslast_img read more