APRM members go to school

The Governing Council of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)   has held a capacity building training workshop for members of the District Oversight Committee (DOC) members in the Kassena- Nankana West District of Upper East Region.

The DOCs are the decentralised structures of the APRM at the district and local levels   and currently, there are 170 found   in the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies across the country.

The day’s training programme was on the theme, “Strengthening  the APRM process in five West African countries-pilot capacity building workshop.”

It aimed at building the capacity of the members of the DOC to effectively monitor, manage and use local data to demand improvement in governance and service delivery.

Speaking at the training session, Mr Kofi Marrah, Director in charge of Technical Operations of the National APRM Governing Council, explained that the essence of the programme was to expand and sustain the opportunities for citizens, engagement, enhance the platform for engagement with civil society organisations (CSOs), and the private sector, and improve responsiveness, as well as strengthen proper governance.

He said the major aim of the APRM was to ensure good democracy and political governance, corporate governance, socio-economic development among others.

“This training is therefore very crucial and is meant to equip and empower the DOCs to enable the APRM to achieve its set target,” he said.

Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy National Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, impressed upon the participants to engage public servants and political heads by organising platforms such as durbars and religious services.

He noted that Ghana was the first African country to peer review itself at the fourth summit at the APRM forum in Khartoum, Sudan in 2006.

He said during that period, the country had chalked a lot of successes in the area of the APRM.

Mr Akuamoah mentioned some of the achievements as the passage of key legislations, including the Domestic Violence Act, the Disability Act, the Whistle Blower Protection Act and the Human Trafficking Act.

Mr George Nonterah, the District Chief Executive, in a speech read on his behalf, lauded the efforts of the organisers and the sponsors of the programme and said it would help enhance the governance system of the area.

The programme, which was sponsored by the European Union and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, attracted stakeholders, including representatives of CSO, traditional rulers, women groups, persons with disability, the youth, faith based groups and community based organisations. –GNA

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