Protect ACC’s reputation

22 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

In Bangladesh, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is a statutory independent corruption prevention and detection body of the state, whose “Vision: To create a strong anti-corruption culture that permeates throughout the whole society” and “Mission: To relentlessly combat, control, suppress and prevent corruption” inspires trust of the people.

It is essential for all officials and staff of the ACC to retain their integrity and remain above reproach for the sake of upholding the reputation of this statutory body. Therefore, the imposters who extort money posing as ACC officials or their deputies must be punished to set a precedence in the public perception. This will help to ensure that nobody dares to tarnish the good name of the ACC. It manifests how the impact of corruption goes beyond the corrupt individuals, as it implicates innocent officials and the reputation of the whole organisation.

Corruption within a country drags down its economy, eroding a large part of the achievements of the people’s hard work. As corruption is the misuse of power or position by those in authority, if left unchecked over a long period of time, it creates a pro-corruption nexus in the country, engulfing the major decision making bodies of the society. This in due turn systematically erodes the conscience, progress and development of the country. The environment within the country becomes all-pervasive with corruption. Such a country is doomed to remain stuck in a vicious cycle of corruption.

Corruption erodes people’s trust in the public sector and wastes the taxpayers’ money that are allocated for important national projects, forcing people to put up with poor quality services or infrastructure, or be totally deprived of the benefits.        It is in everyone’s interest, as well as in the interest of the nation to report corruption and misconduct. To prevent public sector corruption, all the people should be involved in reporting any corruption they see or hear about. This will help reduce corruption in the country and ensure that public funds are spent transparently - maintaining schools, hospitals, roads and other vital public services.