The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) received a Gold Star award as the only Government Agency that matched and exceeded its target earlier before the time frame set for the completion of the implementation of the President’s Recovery Programme (PRP) on Social Protection for Post Ebola at a presentation ceremony held at State House.
The aim of this award is to encourage mainstreaming and to motivate government institutions to be personate about their responsibility to support the fight against corruption
NaCSA‘s presentation at the Presidential Forum Mid-term Review on the PRP on Key Results Areas (KRA) in Social Protection and Pillar 7 of the Agenda for Prosperity, the commission supported 59,000 extremely poor and Vulnerable Households with conditional and unconditional cash transfers in a bid to increase the household consumption nationwide.
The results further stated that to-date, 48,504 households have been supported with unconditional cash transfers. 15,548 youths are being supported with conditional cash transfers; where the targets were 47,500 and 11,600 respectively.
In commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) was also awarded as one of the compliant institutions to Anti-Corruption measures in 2014 and 2015 by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at a ceremony held on Friday December 9th at the Commission’s conference room at Gloucester Street in Freetown.
According to the Director, Public Education and Outreach Department, Koloneh Sankoh, the aim of this award is to encourage mainstreaming and to motivate government institutions to be personate about their responsibility to support the fight against corruption. This National Award ceremony of compliant public institutions to the implementation of anti-corruption measures for effective service delivery, will serve as key highlight in commemorating this year’s International Anti-Corruption (AIC) Day.
Delivering the citation on the identification and selection of the most compliant institutions to ACC policies and recommendations, the Deputy Director of Systems and Process Review Department (SPRD), Rashid Turay explained that a committee was set up at the ACC charged with the responsibility to identify two institutions that are in compliance with Anti-Corruption policies and initiatives, thereafter referred to as COMPLIANT Institutions. The Deputy Director said four institutions were nominees for the award, namely, NaCSA, NRA, IPAM, and National Fire Force. Two best institutions emerged winners of the 2014, 2015 award of compliance. These are NaCSA and the NRA, he added.
In his statement and presentation of awards, the Deputy Commissioner ACC, Shollay Davies, said this day is set aside by the UN to create awareness and garner public support from their various partners. Commemorating the International Anti-Corruption (AIC) Day in Sierra Leone he said started with an Inter-secondary schools debate competition underscoring that children are the future for a society that is corruption free. He admonished Sierra Leoneans that all is not lost, there are still institutions that can comply with integrity measures. He thanked the ACC team that worked on the selection process and encouraged other institutions to do well for more to be recognized in the future.
In another related development, Commissioner Alie Badara Mansaray has been awarded by the Ecomedia Cooperation in collaboration with Sierra Leone Council of Chiefs Executive and other strategic partners as one of the ‘Top 100 Most influential/Outstanding Sierra Leoneans for his meritorious community service to the nation. The Sierra Ovation Awards 2016 ceremony was held on Friday 9th December 2016 at Buntumani Hotel in Freetown.
The Sierra Ovation Awards are established to recognise influential, outstanding and trend setting men and women who are dedicated to excellence and contributing to political, social and economic development of Sierra Leone
The Commissioner of NaCSA, Alie Mansaray, in response said he is excited, as nominating and awarding his institution is a great honor for him. He dedicated the awards to the NaCSA team for a job well done as he cannot achieve this alone.
Commissioner Alie Manasaray stated that NaCSA has always cooperated in the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2014-2018 through the modalities the Commission had put in place to address corruption issues in executing its mandate and programmes. ‘We use the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) in the implementation of our programmes to ensure compliance to the NACS’, he added NaCSA the Commissioner maintained collaborates with the ACC in the implementation of the World Bank Funded Cash Transfer Programme and hopes to inculcate it into the 51 million dollars IDB funded Programme that will soon kick off. He concluded by emphasizing on the need for preventive measures of corruption to be adopted as a key element by not only NaCSA but other institutions as well.
It could be recalled that NaCSA was rated as ‘Very Good’ among other State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in August this year for the 2015 Performance Contract awarded by the Performance Management and Service Delivery (PMSD) Directorate in the Office of the Chief of Staff at State House at the Bank Complex in Kingtom.
The performance contracts cover 22 ministries, all 19 Local Councils, all 7 State-Owned Tertiary institutions and 44 State-Owned Enterprises. In an effort to improve performance, a cluster approach was used which includes public administration, growth, social and human development sector, governance, justice and security, infrastructure and energy sectors.