The National Accountability Group has commenced a two-day workshop for media practitioners at the Gender for Grassroots Empowerment Conference Centre at John Street in Freetown on the African Peer Review Mechanism.
The permanent secretary in the ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs officially declared the workshop opened and called on participants to disseminate messages on the APRM nationwide to raise awareness about its aims and objectives.
Delivering his welcome remarks a member of the National Accountability Group, Dr Victor Kabia, gave a brief background of the African Peer Review mechanism which was endorsed by African heads of states on 8th July 2002 during the 38th Ordinary Session of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to ensure that the policies and practices of the participating states conform to the agreed, political, economic, and corporate governance values.
He added that the African Union had so far developed into a stage where it was encouraging member states to move towards complete democratic governance and standards in various areas of development and also monitor all operations for such practice to be successful in Sierra Leone.
Mr Sallieu Kamara, one of the workshop’s facilitators from the Network Movement for Justice and Development, explained about the various developments agendas for Africa and NEPAD for Africa’s Development to eradicate poverty individually and collectively on a path of sustainable economic growth and development to accelerate the empowerment of women in their various activities.
Principles and concept of the APRM were also discussed by Abubakar Kamara who disclosed that since the endorsement of the APRM the government was yet to pay its due to qualify the country to participate in monitoring and research of the aims and objectives of the APRM for its implementation.