When President Paul Biya took office in 1982, his vision was to have a society where integrity constitutes an essential value for all citizens. Unfortunately, the economic crisis of the late 80s, also brought with it moral decadence, fragilizing virtually all sectors of national life. The deadly cankerworm crept into our society, settling in virtually all spheres of national life.
The government immediately put into place structures to fight the ill, one of them being the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), generally referred to by its French acronym, CONAC. The National Anti-Corruption Commission is an independent public body created on the 11th of March 2006 by a Presidential Decree and has as main mission to contribute to the fight against corruption in Cameroon. Its action revolves around three axes: Prevention and Communication, Studies and Cooperation and Investigations. CONAC comprises two organs: the Coordination Committee and the Permanent Secretariat.
The structure effectively went operational in March 2007 following the appointment of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Commission, members of the Coordination Committee, as well as the Permanent Secretary.
Despite the efforts put in to combat corruption over the years by CONAC and other structures, Cameroon remains on a stagnating position in various international governance classification tables. This is an indication that much still needs to be done. And CONAC is working hard to build a critical mass of positive actors ready to say No to corruption. The National Anti-Corruption Commission is confident that all the actions underway, especially with the elaboration and implementation of the National Strategy to Fight Against Corruption, something will definitely change in the years ahead, for the better.
The headquarters of CONAC is located at the Yaounde Conference Centre.