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THIRTEEN (13) MEMBER WESTERN REGIONAL PEACE COUNCIL BOARD INAUGURATED.

A thirteen member Western Regional Peace Council Board has been inaugurated in Takoradi under the national peace council Act of 2011 (Act 818).

 

In a key note address a member of the National Peace Council board Nii Otokunor Sampah emphasized that the Council is non-partisan and should be respected as such and urged the council to work hard for sustainable peace in the region.

He emphasized the role of the Regional Peace Council which included among others, offering advice to the Regional Coordinating Council and the Regional Security Council in relation to conflict prevention, management, resolution and building sustainable peace in the region.

Mediation in conflicts which are likely to erupt in violence and intervene after law and order is restored by the regional Security Council.

Engage in public education and create awareness of conflict indicators within the region and make recommendations to the Regional Coordinating Council and Regional Security Council on how to improve the situation.

Facilitate the organization of activities that build friendship, promote trust, tolerance, goodwill and reconciliation between communities.

Initiate and support capacity building training programmes for relevant stakeholders in the region and perform other functions that may be assigned by the regional coordinating council.

He reminded the council about the relative peace in the region although saddled with numerous chieftaincy and land disputes. He said the region has in abundance a lot of natural resources which does not commensurate with the level of development hence the potential for the people to engage in conflict for the purpose of distribution and use of these resources was very high.

He mentioned among other issue illegal mining and the recent oil find as major threats to peace and said he was very confident the Council will work hard for sustainable peace in the region.

The Hon. Regional Minister Paul Evans Aidoo in his welcome address challenged the Regional Peace Council to work in concert with the twenty-four (24) Metropolitan and Municipal and Districts Assemblies to find solution to the myriad of problems essentially the menace of Galamsey operations and pollution of water bodies.

He also called on the Regional Council to identify conflict areas by working in close collaboration with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Security Councils in order to resolve conflict on time in order not to degenerate into chaotic situations.

The Regional Minister said the Regional Council should advice the assemblies to show fairness in the distribution of resources to the people in the respective Districts of the Western Region.

The Omanhene of the Wassa Fiase Traditional Area and the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs Osaberema Kwamina Ahnimere IV said peace, security and fairness is sine-qua-non for national development and called on the council to be guided by these principles in dealing with the people.

A member of the Board Mrs Effiba Dadzie thanked the National Peace Council Board and the Regional Coordinating Council for the trust reposed in members of the committee to serve.

She said their mandate is to network, coordinate and mediate and said all members are peaceful and believe in peace and shall work for peace in the Western Region.

The members are as follows;

Mr Collins Armah- Brako (Catholic Bishops Conference)

Rev Ernest Kwofie (Christian Council)

Bishop Emmanuel Botwey (Pentecostal Council)

Rev Bob Asare (National Council for Christian and Charismatic Church)

Mr Elias Yusuf Kofi Gyampson (Ahamadiyya Muslim Mission

Alhaji Saeed Hamid Jallo (Al-sunnah Muslims)

Alhaji Iddrisu Zakaria (Tijaaniya Muslim Group)

Nana Ekua Kodua II (Practitioners of African Traditional Religion)

Mrs Effiba Dadzie (Western Regional Coordinating Council)

Rev Anthony Eshun (Western Regional Coordinating Council)

Mr Michael Asare-Bediako (Takoradi Polytechnic)

Mr.O.Y.Owusu Sekyere (Western Region Development Network of NGOs)

Nana Kwesi Agyeman IX, Omanhene of Lower Discove Traditional Area 

      (Western Region House of Chiefs)

                  

 

  REPORT BY

  MICHAEL S. OCLOO (RIO)

  ISD-SEKONDI

 

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