For Liberia to succeed in its development efforts, it will require a society entrenched in integrity which leads to ending the menace of corruption. And the Country Director of Accountability Lab Lawrence Yealu said his organization is well advanced in building the country’s first ever integrity school.
The school which is expected to begin January next year will begin with a vacation school and will graduate later into a bigger school that will help mode citizens’ minds in integrity.
“All the modules are now set and ready. We are now engaging and vetting people who will do the lecturing. We want to ensure that those who will lecture have a track record of accountability”, he said in a conversation with The Monrovia Times yesterday.
He mentioned “the biggest undermining issue to the growth of any economy, family or society is the absence of integrity. Once it is tempered with, growth is impeded, taught processes will be hampered and actions will be mixed with things that will lead to corruption and abuse of offices. So we at the accountability lad have decided to support integrity framework by building an integrity school”.
“We hope this will foster good engagement with government, civil society and the private sector. This is because everyone working in this country is a public servant in that we all serve the public. The school is not meant to negatively engage our society to say it is corrupt but we want to help build a society that is strengthened”, he stated.
He indicated “we civil society should be more than just a watchdog, we must partner with government critically to help improve the country. We should raise solution based critical voices and the government will listen and our country can be developed”.