By Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Cape Coast, Nov. 07, GNA - A thirteen-member Board for the Central Regional Peace Council (CRPC), was on Tuesday inaugurated in Cape Coast, with a call on them to effectively tackle political vigilantism and mob action.
The Board, which is yet to elect its chairman, is expected to act swiftly to end the menace, which had lately proved pervasive in the Ghanaian society.
They are made up of seven new and six old representatives drawn from various institutions including Ahmadiya Muslim Mission, Alasunna Muslims of Ghana, Christian Council, Charismatic Council, Catholic Bishops Conference, Regional House of Chiefs, Tertiary Institutions and Ghana Pentecostal Council.
Mr Thomas Adjei Baffour, Deputy Regional Minister in an address, expressed fears that if the phenomenon was left unchecked, it will not only destabilise the security of the country, but derail development efforts.
The board should therefore collaborate with sister security agencies and recognized authorities to jealously guard against acts that will dislocate Ghana's enviable democratic credentials.
He said, per its inauguration, the Council was in a better position to achieve its goal of building sustainable peace in the Region and the country as a whole.
For his part, Sheikh Mohammed Gedel, a Board Member of the National Peace Council (NPC), who inaugurated the CRPC Board, asked members to act as facilitators entrusted with the responsibility to promote peace in the Region.
They should team up, bring their expertise to bear and work to sustain the peace, by exhibiting high level of tolerance on varied opinions regardless of their identities, whilst they served mother Ghana to maintain the nation's enviable credentials.
He said preventing violence was less costly, but needed lots of ingenuity and patience and the NPC would greatly rely on their performance as the primary point of contact in the Region.
Sheikh Gedel noted that peace-building was a process, and despite the Council’s expertise, members would have to continue to nurture and develop their skills to perform efficiently.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, pledged members' commitment to work with dedication to maintain the Region's enviable peaceful records.
He urged members to be result-oriented and help maintain peace to aid the pace of development in the country.
The Peace Council was instituted through Act (818)2011 as an indicative of Ghana’s commitment and readiness to solve its conflicts in more proactive ways, facilitate development and maintain the peace processes in all the regions.