February 13, 2015
Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been named ‘HERO OF THE YEAR’ by the Sierra Leone Children’s Aid Foundation (SLCAF), a youth based organization comprising students from various colleges and secondary schools.
The president of the group, on behalf of his members, presented the award to the ACC boss, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, “for his exemplary role in the fight against corruption in the country” on Tuesday 10 February at the commission’s Gloucester Street office in Freetown.
Receiving the award, Mr. Kamara said he was humbled by their gesture as it “symbolizes a voice in the wilderness that wants to be heard”. He maintained that the award manifests the good work the commission has been doing over the years.
The anti-graft crusader went further to state that the culture of saying ‘thank you’ was lacking in Sierra Leone and that he was honoured by members of the foundation for presenting such an award to him.
He praised them for the courage to come together and identify people who are contributing meaningfully to nation-building, and urged them not to be despondent with the challenges of teenage pregnancy, school drop-outs and the challenges the country faces today.
He encouraged them to work hard for higher attainments and called on them to live a life of integrity so that they would take leadership positions in the future.
Earlier, the president and founder of SLCAF, Mohamed Arkmalin Kamara, underscored that they were honouring the ACC chief for his outstanding performance in the eradication of corruption in Sierra Leone.
He noted that Mr. Kamara’s leadership role in combating corruption gives hope to children and young people in the country, and emphasized that once corruption is defeated, there would be space for young people to attain their potential.
The award ceremony was witnessed by the management staff of the ACC.