According to the National Anti-Corruption Commission better known by its French Acronym CONAC, the Prevention, Education, Conditions and Sanctions PECIS plan is the best possible plan to assess the effectiveness of any anti-corruption initiative in today’s world. 

The corruption fighting institution while in Bamenda for a two day workshop from October 17, revealed that while using the PECIS plan tool in the Northwest, the region scored a disappointing 28.13% in the anti-corruption drive in Cameroon thus emerging fourth amongst the ten regions of the country.
Samuel Fohtung a CONAC Coordinating Committee member who coordinated the Bamenda workshop, the assembly was assess the PECIS plan implementation in the region with the believe that the corruption decease can only be treated when the population is sufficiently sensitized, given proper education and better working conditions with effectiveness and efficiency celebrated  and failures punished.
Presented the results using the PECIS plan, it emerged that the region scored 28.13% in anti corruption down from 32.09% in 2016. Elaborating, the score revealed that, prevention of corruption stands at 43.7%, Efforts made to educate the masses is 36.04%, Measures to improve working conditions indicates 29.4%, Sanctions for poor performance 14% and Incentives 19.21%.
 “As far as education is concerned, a lot of efforts are being made but there’s a general feeling that the northwest is surrounded by corruption. This should be the time when we need to put in more efforts to ensure that projects are carried out smoothly. The low rate of implementation of the anti corruption plan does not require us to prescribe new methods in the fight against corruption but we recommend that the bulk of the work that was not done last year should be pushed to next year and we continue. We are emphasizing on the prevention aspect of corruption. It is good to fight corruption but it is better to make sure that corruption mal practices do not take place. We are also going to enforce education on the consequences of corruption both at individual and collective levels.  We are also going to ensure that whosoever is found guilty of corruption should be sanctioned, be it petty corruption or grand corruption” The Coordinator of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Alfred Etom said.
Day two of the workshop was dedicated to field visits taking the CONAC Coordination committee to five institutions to see if they are aware of the anti-corruption PICES plan.
 The Regional Delegation of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Secondary Education were found wanting as they failed to present any serious measure taken to fight corruption.
While Administrative heads, religious authorities, trade unionists, traditional rulers and politicians present at the workshop were tasked to be more rigorous in the fight against corruption by using the PECIS plan, CONAC resolved to carryout controls and follow up right from the grass roots, the sub divisional and divisional levels the effective use of the plan. 
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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