A sensitization workshop on early warning and conflict response mechanisms has been organized for Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), and Members of Parliament in the Brong Ahafo Region.


The workshop, organized by the National Peace Council (NPC), aimed to improve the capacity of participants to be able to deal with and speak on conflict issues from informed positions to enhance peace in their jurisdictions.


In all, the 27 MDCEs in the region, including heads of departments and the security agencies attended the workshop


In a welcome address, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, noted that the workshop was important for MMDCE’s who chaired the District and Municipal Security Committees (DIEC/MUSEC) to enhance their knowledge in conflict management.


Mr Cheremeh observed that it was not only where one picked up a cutlass to cut one person or the other that was conflict, but that issues of galamsey, the Fulani menace and chieftaincy disputes, among others were equally conflict which needed to be prevented and not allowed to degenerate.


On conflict flashpoints in the region, the Minister cited Asunafo North and South, Kintampo North and South, Sene East and West, Tain, Banda and Wenchi, and expressed concern particularly over the insecurity situation in Asunafo North and South, where politicians, religious leaders and some residents, including security personnel, had been attacked and injured, and lives and property destroyed.


The Regional Minister entreated the MMDCEs to take the workshop seriously because it would arm them with the requisite knowledge on how to identify early warning signs, negotiate, engage and dialogue with stakeholders to prevent or resolve conflicts in their districts. 


Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darku, a member of the Governing Board of NPC, said the Council, in partnership with other development actors, would continue to raise awareness about the use of non-violent strategies in response to conflicts through networking, co-ordination and campaigning to ensure peace in the country.


Rev. Dr. Darko noted that engagement with the MMDCEs would make it possible for them to develop the appropriate mechanisms needed to respond to potential or real conflicts in the country. “This would make it possible for all Regional Peace Councils undertake public outreach and community relations activity meant to promote social cohesion while the National Board would co-ordinate, supervises and monitor peace building”, he emphasized.


Source: ISD (Imoro Ayibani Tebra)



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