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Validation seminar of 3 AfriMAP reports commence

A two-day Validation workshops of three Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy (AfriMAP) research reports on Monday 4th July, commenced at the Mamba Point Restaurant in Freetown.
The workshops of the three research reports: Justice Sector and the Rule of Law; Democracy and Political Participation and Effective Delivery of Public Service- Education, aimed at giving stakeholders in the three sectors to have a critical view of the reports and make their inputs.
Open Society Foundation for West Africa (OSIWA) in collaboration with Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), are organizing the workshops.
In her welcome address, CGG National Coordinator, Valnora Edwin, said that the research report on the Justice Sector and Rule of Law was commissioned in 2008 and undertaken by CGG with Mohamed Suma as the Researcher.
OSIWA Law, Justice and Human Rights Program Manager, Afia Asantewa Asare- Kyei, explained that aim of the research was to have a standardized framework linking good governance in Sierra Leone.
She disclosed that similar research has been done in Ghana, Senegal and Benin.
Lead researcher of the Justice sector and the Rule of Law reports, Mohamed Suma, said in his presentation that part one of his reports deals with Legal and Institutional Framework; government respect for the Rule of Law; management of the Justice Sector, independence and Accountability of Judges and Lawyers; Criminal Justice; Access to Justice and Development.
He also explored some of the salient areas of the justice sector and the Rule of Law, some of the reforms undergoing, challenges, constraints and successes and further made some recommendations to shape the sector to make it more effective.
One of the discussants of this report, Magistrate Adrian Fisher highlighted some of the reasons why the justice sector is facing such problems and made recommendations on how to tackle such problems.
The other discussant and Head of Department, Peace and Conflict Studies Department at Fourah Bay College (FBC), Memunatu Pratt, questioned the methodology of the research and recommended that statistics be included in the report.
Presentation of the other reports on the Effective Delivery of Public Service-Education by Afia Asantewa Asare- Kyei, also highlights some of the challenges, constraints and successes in the education sector.
Discussing the reports, Charles Slyver said that most of the issues raised in the reports are issues that are even raised by the government and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
He further dilated on why the sector is facing some of these problems and what needs to be done.
The other discussants, Gloria Palmer, spoke of the need for the sector to be re-structured from the enrolment of teachers, admission of pupils, remuneration packages for teachers, training of teachers to make the sector achieve its education objectives.
Among those that asked questions, made suggestions and recommendations are the Ombudsman, Edmond Cowan, Executive Director, Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL), Emmanuel Tommy, Chairman Conference of Principals, Slyvester Meheux, among others.
The workshop ends today with the presentation of the report on Democracy and Political Participation in Sierra Leone.
The Lead researcher is Mohamed Gibril Sesay and Dr. Abu Bakarr Kargbo is the discussant.
By Abibatu Kamara

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