Peace Council urged to engage more with stakeholders
The National Peace Council (NPC) was asked to serve as a center for social cohesion by engaging more with stakeholders to promote harmony in the country.
Home Secretary Ambrose Dery said this had become necessary following the growing threat to peace in some parts of the country, particularly in Bawku in the Upper East region.
As part of the prevention mechanisms, he suggested that the AFN strengthen its presence in the regions to enable members to monitor, analyze, mitigate and report violent threats to peace and security in the country.
This was contained in a speech read on behalf of Mr Dery by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi, at the NPC Staff Retreat Program in Accra yesterday as part of the annual council meeting. to reflect on past interventions and challenges and recommendations on how to effectively carry out their mandate.
Mr. Dery said that although the country is relatively peaceful and resilient, its renowned architecture for peace has come under strain.
He mentioned the existence of pervasive ethnic and chieftaincy conflicts in Northern Ghana and other places including intra-religious clashes, insufficient capacity of institutions to cope with the challenges thus making the many unemployed vulnerable to radicalization and violent extremism.
“I want to urge you to rethink the NPC and continue to network and collaborate with identifiable partners to gain support to complement government funding for the implementation of peace initiatives,” Mr. Dery added. .
APN President Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi commended the staff for their contribution in building a strong institution that has continued to play its role in maintaining peace in the country.
“The Board of Directors wishes to work towards improving the conditions of service of staff, including the provision of infrastructure and logistical support to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the execution of our mandate.
“We believe this is possible if we take the right approach to mobilize resources and engage the relevant authorities,” he said.
During the year under review, the council undertook certain activities including the engagement of National Democratic Congress (NDC) leaders and New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs to ensure common sense in the House through the search for a consensus.
The council, with the support of the Commonwealth, has also organized dialogue programs at constituency and national level on how to prevent and counter post-election violence.
He also launched a peace fund in October last year to financially strengthen the council to effectively carry out its mandate.