‘Corruption is biggest enemy to young people’s future’-says ACC chief
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
We have to take corruption as the biggest enemy to the future of young people. Young people have a responsibility of not only crying that corruption is affecting them but should also be able to stand against the scourge of corruption, says Francis Ben Kaifala, Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to the ACC czar, if corruption continues to persist, young people would be the ones to suffer the most and therefore called on young people to take a leading role in the ongoing war to weed the country from corrupt individuals.
He was speaking on Wednesday December 9, 2020 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Freetown during a youth conference hosted by the ACC and partners to observe this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day on the theme: “Leveraging on the capacity and involvement of youth in the fight against corruption”.
“We are not here to praise ourselves because the records are there to prove. We have to capture the attention of young people because when we are fighting corruption and people want to obstruct us, it is the young people they put before. We want you to understand that this is a fight for all of us,” he said.
The ACC czar urged all and sundry, especially young people to come on board and help the commission in the fight against corruption and added: “We believe this is a battle we have to fight with our mind and souls”.
Also speaking, Executive Director of Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL), Ibrahim Tommy said: “This discussion today is timely because young people constitute a critical section of the society. We are also please as an organization with the ongoing efforts to combat corruption in Sierra Leone. We have seen remarkable progress and young people can only loose if they do not step up to the fight against corruption.”
He spoke about the collaboration his organization has had over the past two years in organizing events to mark the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day.
Deputy Commissioner of the National Youth Commission; Emerson Kamara and the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Youth Affairs; Ahmed A. Mansaray pledged their support to the fight against corruption and urged young people to do the same.