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Deputy Minister Grabs ‘Humanitarian Award’
The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair, Mustapha Bai Attila, on Friday 23rd January, 2015, received ‘2014 Humanitarian Award’ from Diaspora Focus for playing part in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the country.
Receiving the award, the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair thanked Diaspora Focus for recognizing his effort in terms of developmental issue, community issue especially in the fight against the Ebola virus, the President Ernest Bai Koroma, whom he said also deserved the award because he is the father of the country and he was the one that gave him the opportunity for him to be recognized for awards from different people and organizations.
Mustapha Bai Attila said he has been helping Ebola survivors in all the fourteen districts by giving out psycho-social support, food and shelter from different organizations, fight for women and children in violence and sexual abuse and also producing Ebola songs.
He added that the Ministry deserved the award and that they have effective team, adding that “I really appreciate the award because it is a motivation for me, but I am also praying to receive more awards as I will continue with my humanitarian work in the Ministry.
It could be recalled that in 2013, the Ministry received award of the year from President Koroma.
Director of Diaspora Focus, Emmanuel J.M. Stafford, said their organization was formed in the United Kingdom to advance the cause and welfare of Africans living abroad and returning home to integrate and contribute meaningful to their communities and societies as a whole.
Mustapha Bai Attila said the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country is desperate though a good number of institutions and individuals have been making huge sacrifices in the fight, adding that their efforts should not go unnoticed.
“On this note, the international committee board of Diaspora Focus is pleased to inform you that the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs deserved the 2014 Humanitarian Award for the part played by him and his Ministry in the fight against the Ebola outbreak,” the Deputy Minister said.