The African Peer Review Mechanism National Governing Council (APRM-NGC) on Wednesday engaged print and electronics journalists on how to popularize the APRM.
Addressing the gathering at the Christian Health Association Sierra Leone (CHASL) conference hall, Festus E. Minah chairman of the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) sub Committee said that, APRM is a national issue which must be treated seriously. He added that, the inception of the APRM process in 2004 was a bold and timely step in the quest to promote good governance.
Mr Minah reiterated that, the implementation of the APRM process would be the conduit for the promotion of peace and reconciliation, justice, private sector development, youth and children’s empowerment, education, health and the fight against corruption and poverty.
The Chairman noted that since the inauguration of APRM – NGC in 2008 they have been pushing successfully to implement the APRM process in the country.
Mr Minah maintained that one of the immediate engagements of the APRM-NGC after its inauguration was the critical review of the draft APRM National Action Plan that is inherited.
He stated that APRM-NGC subcommittee was established to popularize the APRM process in the country through the organization of awareness raising and consultants in the country. The Chairman said that the sub committees were also formed for the coordination and implementation of research and planning work of the APRM.
Dr Osman Gbla Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, Fourah Bay College, and Chairman of the APRM-NGC said that the APRM process is about a nation and not a political party.
Meaningful contributions were made by some of the members of the APRM-NGC. Journalists present also raised concerns of some of the challenges they have been facing to effectively popularize the APRM. Commitments were made by APRM-NGC and the Journalists to popularize the APRM.
By Abibatu Kamara