Friday, August 28, 2009

142 APRM oversight committees inaugurated so far- Prof.Greenstreet

A member of the African Peer Review Mechanism Governing Council (APRM-GC), has formally inaugurated additional new APRM district oversight committees in Accra. Prof.Miranda Greentstreet who did the inauguration on Wednesday said “the inauguration of additional four district oversight committees today with each district constituting nine members will total the number to 142 with already 138 inaugurated”.
The need for the oversight committees is to make sure Government is fulfilling the National Plan of Action of the APRM at the grass root level and to also serve as watch dog since members at the National level cannot over see the participatory process. “This will make the process more technically participatory and non partisan, to help bring more on board”.
Prof.Greenstreet further added that, with the inauguration of the Accra Metro ,Ga east, Adenta municipal and Ga South districts, Ghana was moving forward steadily to achieving the targeted goals of the APRM National Plan of Action which was drafted after Ghana was peer reviewed in Sudan. “This plan of action was later drafted onto the GPRS program, in view of this it was possible that not all the targeted goals of the plan may be achieved”.
She reiterated that, it was important for fair selection of representatives to the committees in terms of gender to help address all concerns. Selected members were charged to live up to expectation and report fairly whatever happens at the grass root level to further help members at the National level to help meet targeted goals.
APRM is a self monitoring assessment mechanism adopted by African Heads of State to be peer review themselves. 16 members including Ghana signed to the APRM treaty also including countries such as Uganda, Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso among others. Ghana was peer reviewed in Sudan on January 2006.
Story: Michael F. Amedor

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