Sierra Leone’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara says no nation should shy away from corporate social responsibility to its citizens or else, they would live in perpetual abject poverty.
He said governments around the world, including Africa should commit themselves to the citizens, because they are the ones who cast their votes before a government is elected, saying “We as leaders must not in any way abandon our duty to the people; we owe them.”
According to him, the responsibility of any democratic government is to respond to the needs of its people, by building modernized hospitals, providing quality education, safe drinking water, adding that these are basic social services many people in Africa lack.
Minister Kamara spoke over the weekend at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor during the Golden Image Award program hosted under the auspices of the National Secretariat of the Golden Image Award in collaboration with the Liberia Crusader for Peace.
The occasion brought together officials of Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional leaders, and civil society organizations, among others. The award is a platform set aside to recognize individuals who commit themselves to humanity in the society. At the ceremony, several awards were conferred on individuals in various categories, including Leadership, Peace, Development, Education, Empowerment, Democracy, Rule of Law, Humanity, Activism, Art, and Culture, and Health, among others.
Serving as guest speaker, the Sierra Leonean Attorney General, who served as Guest Speaker, noted “I am very much excited to serve in this capacity as guest speaker in this wonderful country, where there are lots of great people. It is also an honor for me to here in the home of Africa’s Finest Daughters Madam Sirleaf, who has provided the way where many of the females around the world are so passionate of following her footsteps.”
He noted that Liberia has transformed speedily after a year of difficult period of crisis, and the Golden Image Award signifies the togetherness of the African continent, and the long way Liberia and Sierra Leone have come, recalling the difficult period from the deadly Ebola Virus, which led to the death of so many innocent persons.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne