Gomoa West African Peer Review Mechanism Report validated
The National African Peer Review Mechanism Government Council, has organised a workshop at Apam to validate a report on governance by the Gomoa West District Assembly compiled by the District Oversight Committee (DOC).
Heads of Department, traditional rulers and DOC members, Assembly members among others participated in the workshop.
Mr Alex Ntim Abankwa, a Member of the governing council in a speech commended the DOC for the good work it had done to promote the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
He said the governing council saw Gomoa West DOC as pace setters and urged other DOCs to emulate its achievements.
Mr Abankwa commended the Swiss Ambassador, Mr Samademi Andrea, for his interest in the work of the APRM and committing funds to the validation workshop.
Mr Andrea described the APRM as very useful mechanism through which democracy could be promoted.
He urged the assemblies to take APRM seriously to enhance good governance.
Dr Mark Nii Lamptey, Scheme Manager of Gomoaman Mutual Health Insurance Scheme and Chairman of the DOC said the report was based on four thematic areas namely: Democracy and Good Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance and Socio-Economic Development.
He said 225 respondents were selected from every category of people living in the district to answer the questions posed.
Dr Lamptey expressed regret that although the respondents were assured that their identity would not be disclosed some of them failed to answer some of the questions.
Dr Yaw Ofori Yeboah, District Director of Health asked Ghanaians to ensure that the aged and people with impaired disability are accompanied to health facilities.
The District Health Director’s appeal followed a suggestion made by the participants to the health facilities to employ people who are vexed in sign language to help the deaf and dumb to put their medical cases across.
Detective Police Inspector, Peter Darko said the Ghana Police Service has set up Change Management Committee to handle unprofessional conduct among personnel such as extortion and illegal collection of debt.
Mr Charles Wiafe, District Magistrate urged Ghanaians not to pay money before bailing a suspect.
He urged the police not to keep a suspect for more than 48 hours before taking him or her to the court.
The participants noted that collection of studies fees by teachers had been preventing needy children from going to school and appealed to the District Directorate of Education to check that.
Mr Peter Antwi Boasiako, District Co-ordinating Director assured the DOC of the Assembly’s support for their programmes.
He noted that promoting democracy in the country was everybody’s responsibility.