Nominee for the Office of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has told Parliament’s Appointments Committee that although he has been called to receive awards for his fight against corruption, he has always declined because he joined government not for awards but to serve the country.
His response follows a question asked by the Wa West Member of Parliament, Joseph YielehĀ Chireh, who wanted to know why the honours and awards space on his Curriculum Vitae, had nothing written to show for it.
āYou know that since March 1983, when You [Joseph YielehĀ Chireh ] became my college, ours was to dedicate ourselves to the service of this nation without making any effort for recognition, because we joined the system not for awards but for what we can do for the people. If I am right, you and I have lived that life and continue to live that life, that is why there are no awards, I never lobbied for it,ā he said.
He also noted that, he generally rejects awards because he wants his work to be about national interest, and will prefer if people emulate him rather than offering him awards.
āIt is not about Martin Amidu; it is about Ghana, emulate what I am doing, donāt give me awards, it is about emulating what I am doing so that Ghana will be better,ā he said.
He mentioned how he rejected a nomination by the organizers of EMI Awards, and also an award by the Ghana Bar Association.
Mr.Ā Martin Alamisi AmiduĀ was nominated as the Special Prosecutor on January 11, 2018.
Mr. Amidu, a man who has earned the nickname āCitizen Vigilanteā for his no-nonsense stance and campaign against corruption particularly in the NDC administration, was generally approved by Ghanaians.
Iāve nothing to lose at my vetting ā Martin Amidu
Before the vetting, Martin Amidu, whose role is toĀ deal with public sector corruption, said he was confident he would win a national poll if the president had put him out to be voted on by Ghanaians whether to be accepted or rejected.
āOne thing I know from the outpouring of support for the Presidentās nomination of my humble self as the Special Public Prosecutor is that if the Presidentās wishes were put to a national referendum, all the 275 constituencies of the country will return an overwhelmingly positive endorsement for his choice.ā
He however stressed that, he had nothing to win or lose whatever the results of the vetting would be.
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