Lack of skilled manpower the biggest weakness of the ACC, Iqbal Mahmood says
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was unable to meet public expectations, outgoing ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said on Monday.
"I couldn’t meet public expectations but was able to send a message that no one is above the law," he said while addressing a view exchange meeting with the media at the commission’s headquarters in Dhaka, just a day before the end of his tenure.
The outgoing ACC chief also said that there was no pressure from the government while he was carrying out his duties in the last five years.
“However, I had to refrain from taking some decisions during this period in order to protect the image of the country,” Iqbal added.
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In response to a question, he said: “The ACC is more powerful now. The commission is no longer a toothless tiger."
He also said the commission's biggest weakness is a lack of skilled manpower.
“ACC, in the last five years, tried its best to prevent and curb corruption. The commission also did not bow down to anyone's power or influence,” Iqbal added.
Iqbal joined the anti-corruption watchdog on March 10, 2016. His tenure will end on Tuesday.
The government on February 3 appointed Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah, former senior secretary to the Agriculture Ministry, as the next chairman of the ACC .