The Africa’s Representative to the Global Coordinating Body of GYAC Mr. Gabi Wambol Laurent is in Liberia for a one week visit. Mr. Wambol arrives in the Country on the 3rd of July 2011 to interact with GYAC-Liberia Chapter and other Institutions. During his visit he had face to face exchange to consolidate the effort been made by GYAC Liberia Chapter and to meet with Government Ministries and agencies, CSOS, Youth Group, Anti-Corruption institutions and international Organizations including World Bank-Liberia.
Shortly after his arrival in Liberia, Mr. Gabi Wambol met with Officials of GYAC-Liberia Chapter on July 4, 2011 at about 7:00 pm at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel in Monrovia. During the meeting, the National Coordinator of GYAC-Liberia Mr. Alphonso K. Weah officially welcomes Mr. Laurent to Liberia and thanks him for coming to Country to have an enter action with GYAC Network and Anti-Corruption Institutions as relate to understanding situation on the fight against corruption, learning and sharing best practices.
Further more, GYAC Liberia Coordinator Mr. Alphonso K. Weah gives an overview on the progress of the Liberian Chapter and presented the joint resolution signed by members of GYAC-Liberia to Mr. Laurent signifying that issues that were faced by young people had been resolved and their concern is to build a bigger GYAC Network in Liberia that will include youths from every sector of the Liberian society. During the meeting the following Executive Committee Members of GYAC-Liberia were in attendance: Mr. Alphonso K. Weah, National coordinator; Mr. James Koryor, Deputy National Coordinator; Mr. Augustine S.M. Tamba, Secretary General; Mr. Stephen B. Lavalah, Program Officer; Alfred C. Torh, Public Relations Officer; Mr. Amos Nyanti- Member and Mr. Gabi Wambol Laurent, Africa’s Representative to the Global Coordinating Body (GCB).
Also making a remark at the meeting was Mr. Laurent, he thanked Members of GYAC Liberia for their high level of dedication and commitment to the fight against corruption. He further maintained that what was been perceive as a problem in Liberia was just a misunderstanding, something he said is normal in any given situation.
In continuation of his visit to Liberia on July 5, 2011 Mr. Laurent along with GYAC-Liberia Officials visited the General Auditing Commission of the Republic of Liberia which has the mandate to conduct audits for Government Ministries and Agencies as well as private Agencies. The meeting at the General Auditing Commission (GAC) was intended to acquaint the Commission about GYAC work and to build a partnership between both institutions as well as to understand the activities GAC.
Representing the General Auditing Commission at the meeting was the Acting Director for Governmental Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel T. Azango who welcomes GYAC delegation and gives a brief background or highlighted on the work of the General Auditing Commission regarding what they are engaged in. In his deliberation, Mr. Azango said that, GAC had completed over 50 audits for public institutions in the Country and had made their reports or recommendations to the National Legislature for action. The Acting Director for Governmental Affairs at the GAC, Mr. Emmanuel T. Azango, provided 14 copies of past audits report to the GYAC delegation to help GYAC-Liberia efficiently and effectively carryout its work in the fight against corruption.
Responding on behalf of the delegation, Mr. Laurent thanked GAC Officials for their cordiality and warm reception for opening their door to GYAC. He also gives a complete overview of the Network activities and said that, GAC should see the GYAC as a partner in the fight against fraud, abuse and corruption in Liberia. In conclusion the Deputy National Coordinator of GYAC-Liberia, Mr. James Koryor thanked GAC Officials for their time particularly the face to face exchange or discussion and the Audit Reports that were donated.
On Tuesday July 5, 2011, GYAC-Liberia Officials along with, Mr. Gabi Wambol Laurent also visited the Headquarters of the Liberia Anti-Corruption commission (LACC) in Monrovia for one hour. During the meeting, the National Coordinator of GYAC-Liberia provided an overview of what the Network is stands for and what it intends to achieve. He also said, considering the population of young people in Liberia which stands at more than 60% it was important that they been seen as partners in the fight against corruption. For her part, the Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. Frances Johnson-Morris congratulated GYAC-Liberia for the effort relative to buttressing the effort of Government in the fight against corruption. She further said that, the fight against corruption is a collective effort that should involve the three branches of government including Civil Society Organization role in combating corruption.
Our next activities for July 6, 2011 include:
Check us out tomorrow for more update from GYAC-Liberia