Sierra Leone Telegraph: 01 May 2019:
Sierra Leone’s parliament yesterday, Tuesday 30th April 2019, approved president Bio’s appointment of Mr Augustine Foday Ngobie as the new Deputy Commissioner of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
His predecessor – Mr Shollay Davies who was appointed five years ago, by president Ernest Bai Koroma has reached the final term of his five-year contract, which has not been renewed.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Ngobie (Photo above) said: “The fight against corruption requires collaborative efforts, and I am not a new boxer in the ring. My appointment will enhance heightened collaboration in the fight against corruption and my muscles shall sustainably support the fist until the fight is won”.
Mr. Ngobie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Major Economics) Degree, from the University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Njala University.
Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Ngobie was Deputy Director of Intelligence and Investigations at the ACC and has held several other positions since he joined the Commission in 2003.
Before joining the Commission, he served the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in many capacities from 1990 to 2002, where he attained the position of Deputy Head of the Inspectorate and Compliance Division. He retired from the SLP as Assistant Superintendent of Police. He was a part-time lecturer at the University of Makeni (UNIMAK).
Mr. Ngobie is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has a wealth of experience in investigations and administration. He has received professional training in tracing and recovery of corrupt proceeds and money laundering; exhibit management and proceeds of crime tracing; investigative skills; and investigative interviewing skills.
The new ACC Deputy Commissioner is expected to take his oath of office at State House on Friday 3rd May 2019.
Speaking to the Sierra Leone Telegraph, the ACC Commissioner Mr Francis Ben Kaifala said: “We are grateful to the outgone deputy commissioner who was an astute, dedicated and rounded professional. He will be thoroughly missed.
“The new Commissioner is similarly an experienced anti-corruption campaigner who will inject a new drive in management and support the work of the commission, bringing in his over 15 years’ experience as a seasoned investigator. It will definitely impact on the work and output of the Commission more positively”.
I am been very quiet about political and social issues of my country Sierra Leone for a very long time now.
I am not a supporter of the APC or the SLPP parties respectively. But I should clearly state that, this government seems to have a positive direction as to where they want to take our country. I want to commend president Bio for that. Leadership is very important in a successful nation building.
So Mr president keep on top of things. Sierra Leone must now emulate the likes of Rwanda, Ghana, Botswana, Senegal to develop their nations and uplift the masses of those countries. Bring respect to your people and you will be judged by history.
Another gentleman given another top job. But this is what the President said during his speech on Independence Day and I quote ‘Our women and girls are taking their rightful place in national dialogue, leadership, and development. We must and we will continue protecting them and opening up opportunities for them’. The President should have just solidify what he said on Independence Day by appointing a LADY to this top position. There are times where the President makes a rhythm of what he says. But that did not happen. A missed opportunity.
An example of what I am talking about took place in the UK yesterday. The Prime Minister was answering to some questions before a parliamentary committee. She hinted during that meeting how she is going to give women more responsibilities. Hours later, the defense minister resigned. Immediately after the resignation of the defense minister, the Prime Minister Theresa May, appointed the UK’s first woman defence minister. What a rhythm of events. Was that not AWESOME and AMAZING? Yes, it was. COOL. That was what I expected President Bio to have done. But it never happened. May be next time.
On the average, the President is doing his best to empower women. But more needs to be done in terms of empowering women and promoting them to top positions. 50-50.
By the way, was the NGC happy this time around?
Congratulations Mr. Ngobie. ENJOY!!!
Great news, but why are the former head and his deputy not being investigated by the ACC. Settling for peanuts/crumbs whilst we could get whole loaves? There is still a lot of money hiding out in S.L.
My suggestion on getting these funds is to grant financial rewards for anyone giving information that yields great returns for the ACC and S.L at large. Laws should apply to all citizens, regardless of your title or influence.