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 policy analyst and media practitioner with close to a decade of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is a co-founder of iWatch Africa. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon is the founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance Ghana. He was a 2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence, Italy and 2020/21 Open Internet For Democracy Leader. Gideon was also a 2022 Visiting Scholar/Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK and was selected as a 2022 TRF/Trust Conference Changemaker. He is currently the Africa Regional Cordinator for Environmental Justice Foundation and a 2023 Pulitzer ORN Fellow. Email: gideonsarpong@iwatchafrica.org.
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