iWatch Africa holds maiden town hall meeting at 37 Military Lorry Station

iWatch Africa held its maiden town hall meeting with commercial drivers, their conductors and the police at the 37 Military Hospital Station last Saturday, as part of the Human Rights Abuse and Corruption project.

The Town Hall Meeting is the second leg of iWatch’s human rights project in partnership with the Police and CHRAJ on the theme: “Improving the relationship between the police and commercial drivers in Ghana”.

Speaking on some Standard Operating Procedures and code of conduct by the Police, iWatch Africa’s Henry Kyeremeh took the drivers through some key findings and recommendations of the project and educated the drivers on the use of force by the police and torture or abuse of civilians.

Officials of the Ghana Police Service also educated the drivers on common motor offenses and road traffic regulations to always look out for as pedestrians and motorists.

Cross section of participants during iWatch Africa's town hall meeting
Cross section of participants during iWatch Africa’s town hall meeting

The Secretary of the station, Mr. Samuel Kyere appreciated the opportunity and pledged that the Station in it’s power will put the use the education acquired.

The Human Rights Abuse and Corruption project was launched in September 2019, and it is being supported by the United States Embassy in Ghana.

Credit: iWatch Africa

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.
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