The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) focal point office in Sierra Leone has urged stakeholders to practice good governance which is an instrument for change to combat poverty and foster development in the country.
The Presidential and Public Affairs department, yesterday organized a stake holders meeting at the Miatta Conference Hall to discuss, the significance of good governance in promoting socio – economic and democratic values so as to prevent and reduce conflict.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs M S Jalloh properly explained about the activities of APRM, which is geared towards the establishment of democratic governance, protect civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights to foster development in freedom, and demand accountability from leaders.
Mr Jalloh noted that the APRM ensures accountable, efficient and effective public officials including civil servants in the fight against corruption, and also protect the right of women children and vulnerable groups, adding that, the APRM will also foster civil society empowerment and participation.
He further spoke about economic governance and management to increase the base of income generating activities to mobilize additional resources to undertake sound and prudent distribution of resources equitably to all, and also facilitate regional cooperation and integration.
Mr. Jalloh intimated that, the APRM is a mainstream, that will give voice to the people to democratically prepare the country through self assessment and program of action to ensure all voices participated that will ensure no political manipulation to ensure objectivity.
He maintained that, corporate governance socio economic development is the base for the promotion of self reliance in development and capacity building for self sustaining development.
ADB representative Sheku Sesay said that, good governance is one of the ways to rate countries that will qualify for donor funds, while micro economic stability will also help to develop communities.
The National Accountability Group, Campaign for Good Governance representatives spoke about democracy and good political governance, and the relations between NEPAD and the APRM.
Tejan Jalloh of the National Privatization Commission (NPC) and Dr. Martin T. Gbonda spoke about economic governance with an effective management and corporate governance in the public and private sector.
Festus Minah of the Civil Society Movement called on stake holders to involve the ordinary people in the decision making process, so that leaders will be urged to be accountable to the people.