By: John Cole
Saturday 12th January, 2019.
The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Lawyer Francis Ben Kaifala, was on Friday 11th January 2018, presented with an Award for Best Legal Legal Practitioner of the year 2018 by the Patriotic Sierra Leoneans.
Presenting the award on behalf of the organization, the Executive Director, Mr Peter M. Konteh described Patriotic Sierra Leoneans as an organization comprising of young people from various Universities and colleges across the country, who engage in philanthropic and other patriotic acts, targeting mainly the less privileged in society.
According to Mr. Konteh, the essence of the award is to recognize distinguished individuals, especially young people, whose work are impacting positively on the lives of the ordinary Sierra Leoneans. "After a careful background check on Mr. Kaifala's work as Commissioner of the ACC, and as a Lecturer of the law department of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, he emerged as the winner of this category which also comprised other prominent legal luminaries in the country. As an organization of young people, we are proud to have one of us leading the fight against this national enemy-- corruption. And so far, we are immensely proud of the good work that he is doing. Commissioner Kaifala is a worthy ambassador for the young people of this country, which makes him a deserving recipient of this award." Mr. Konteh stated.
Receiving the award, the highly ebullient and erudite legal luminary expressed humility for the recognition from the Patriotic Sierra Leoneans-- a group of mainly young people-- which meant a lot to him. He reminded the delegation that his work at the ACC is inspired by the fact that young people are the greatest beneficiaries of a corrupt-free progressive country. "All things being equal, we will live longer than our parents and grandparents. Therefore, we should be the forerunners in the quest for a better Sierra Leone that we can all be proud of. And I am happy to see that you in the Patriotic Sierra Leoneans are playing your own little part in changing the story of Sierra Leone." Lawyer Kaifala said.
This latest award joins the many awards and recognitions that the ACC Boss has received in 2018 and the dozens before this year.