-Martin Amidu says he has personally refused awards that have come his way
-Mr Amidu says his fight against corruption is not for his personal gains
Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin A.B.K. Amidu, has revealed the reason why he has not received any awards for his stellar career as a lawyer and an anti-corruption activist.
According to him, he has personally refused to receive awards because he believes public service is all about doing good for Ghana and not his personal benefits.
"I generally don’t accept awards, I'd prefer people to emulate what I have done," he said.
Mr Amidu, until his nomination for the role of Special Prosecutor, has been known for his role in fighting corruption.
Key among his achievements is his pursuit of case in the Supreme Court to get a ruling for businessman Alfred Woyome to refund some GHC51.2 million paid to him 'illegally' by government.
Appearing before Parliament for vetting on Tuesday, Mr Amidu disclosed that his 'lack of awards' was because he has shied away from receiving them.
"People called me about my case at the Supreme Court and offered me awards but I told them that it wasn’t about me, it’s about Ghana," he said in response to a question.
Being a shy person, he added, he does not want to be in the limelight, but "it’s important that this country is stabilized to make sure that no one gets the excuse to stage a coup. This can be done when we protect the national purse."
Nominated by President Nana Akufo-Addo in January, Mr Amidu will become the first Special Prosecutor if his nomination gets approved.
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