By: Alex A. Bah, Public Relations Assistant, ACC
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Monday 11th September , 2023, ended a five-day Verification Exercise of Beneficiaries Enlisted for the Productive Social Safety Net and Youth Employment (PSSNYE) Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) Project, at the Pa Alimamy Kabba II Community Center, Lumpa, Waterloo, Western Area Rural, Freetown
The ECT is part of the PSSNYE Government of Sierra Leone project that is supported by the World Bank and implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) and partners.
This project is a five-year scheme that provides both financial and technical support to the Government's Agenda to provide Social Protection and Employment Opportunities.
It also aims at providing Social Safety Schemes and Income generating opportunities to beneficiaries drawn from households living in the most abject forms of poverty, especially in the rural parts of the country.
The ACC that monitors the project to instill Integrity through the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM), has conducted a five-day effective verification of beneficiaries to identify any issue they have with respect to the payment of these monies intended to help ameliorate their living standards and alleviate their poverty.
Addressing beneficiaries at the commencement of the Exercise, Western Area District Coordinator ACC, Elizabeth Charles informed them the role of the ACC to ensure that they as beneficiaries are able to get exactly what they are due, unhindered. She furthered that the GRM Component which the ACC handles is intended to also address any concern they have that could impede them from getting the monies.
She also stated that there will be an E-Payment this time and that is why they were all given Registered Orange Money Sim Cards.
Mrs. Charles further said the payment was put on hold because of the elections and that the verification is to ascertain the issues they may have emerged during the course of waiting.
She advised that they should use the opportunity to make reports and be verified as to whatever the issues they have during the verification exercise have been resolved, noting that the next step will be payment.
"If your sim given by Orange has been missing, ensure you make a report so we record for action to be taken," she emphasized.
Public Relations Assistant, Alex A. Bah, in his address, cautioned the beneficiaries against any attempt to bring anomaly into the process. He furthered that the ACC will not hesitate to arrest and charged to court any person(s) who engage in any shenanigan that will compromise the integrity of the scheme.
He advised them to plan themselves so they will put the monies into good use when they will have to eventually receive them.
Similar exercise was carried out in different districts across the country.
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