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Reading: The Patriots Against Corruption SL Launches National Peace Conference and Awards in Freetown
Reading: The Patriots Against Corruption SL Launches National Peace Conference and Awards in Freetown

The Patriots Against Corruption SL Launches National Peace Conference and Awards in Freetown

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The Patriots Against Corruption SL Launches National Peace Conference and Awards in Freetown
The Patriots Against Corruption SL Launches National Peace Conference and Awards in Freetown

The Patriots Against Corruption (PAC) SL, a prominent civil society organization, launched the National Peace Conference And Awards Ceremony on last Friday with the theme “Taking Responsibility To Prevent Violence in Sierra Leone.” The event was held at the Africell American Corner in Freetown, brought together government officials, civil society actors, students, state actors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss strategies for promoting peace and combating corruption in Sierra Leone.

Patriots Against Corruption
Patriots Against Corruption

Sierra Leone, like many other countries in the region, has been plagued by political instability, conflict, and corruption over the years. The country has made significant strides towards peace and stability since the end of the civil war in 2002, but the recent increase in political tensions and violence have raised concerns about the potential for a return to conflict.

The Patriots Against Corruption SL, which has been at the forefront of the fight against corruption and the promotion of good governance in Sierra Leone, officially launched the National Peace Conference And Awards Ceremony to raise awareness about the dangers of violence and corruption and to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions towards promoting peace and accountability.

The event featured a range of presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions on topics such as conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and anti-corruption initiatives. Participants shared their experiences, insights, and recommendations for promoting a peaceful and corruption-free Sierra Leone.

People of high caliber were in attendance and shared insight, information and advice to the general populace.

Umaru Fofanah who was the Keynote Speaker commended the undiluted efforts of the Patriots Against Corruption SL for such a significant strides. He underscored the importance of effective leadership, strong institutions and a culture of transparency and accountability in promoting peace and development.

Umaru Fofanah
Umaru Fofanah

In her opening remarks, Ms. Priscilia Conteh stressed the need for collective action to address the challenges facing the country. She emphasized that “preventing violence and corruption is not a sole responsibility of the government, but a collective responsibility of every Sierra Leonean”.

The Patriots Against Corruption SL pledged to continue its efforts in mobilizing Sierra Leoneans to work together towards a peaceful and prosperous future for the country.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.