Heritage (Monrovia)

20 December 2013

Liberia: In National Integrity Barometer Report - Judiciary Ranked Highest Corrupt Institution

Monrovia — The National Integrity Barometer Report has ranked the Judiciary as the most corrupt institution in Liberia.

The survey, which was conducted in seven counties, was launched on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Royal Grand Hotel in Monrovia.

According to the report, corruption in the judiciary was ranked number one in Grand Bassa, Lofa and Nimba Counties.

The reported pointed out that civil protection and health were ranked as the second and third corruption institutions respectively behind the judiciary.

The purpose of the integrity barometer was to assess the public experience of corrupt practices in Liberia regarding service delivery in the health, education, judiciary, civil protection and business sectors.

The information on how service delivery in those sectors is being carried out, the report noted would be used to make plans and policies for improving governance here.

The objective of the report is to assess the experience of households regarding corruption in service delivery by public servants in health, education, civil protection (Police/Immigration) and judiciary.

It is also geared to assess the experience of business owners regarding corruption in business document processing and procurement, as well as provide suggestions and recommendations for improving governance in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the report, the Chairman of the Forum, Cllr. James N. Verdier Jr., said the report is for institutions to direct their resources and invest in those areas.

Cllr. Verdier, who is also the Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), said the report does not cover 95%.

However, he said it is for institutions who have trained professional personnel to look at this to direct their attention and resources in these areas.

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