By Regina Benneh, GNABanda (B/A), March 17, GNA - Fleeing Banda Ahenkro Public Sector workers who left the community amidst recent alleged threats of xenophobic attacks by some indigenes, have been rallied to return to post by Mr. Kweku Asomah Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, who has assured them of their safety.
This comes on the back of recent reported disturbances in that town by some group of native youths allegedly issuing anonymous threats to non-indigenous health staff and teachers working in the town to vacate their posts in their own interest to allow them (unemployed natives), to take over.
The swift intervention of the Brong Ahafo Regional Security Council (REGSEC), chaired by the Regional Minister, who has taken immediate steps to beef up security at the District capital town of Banda Ahenkro when he visited the community to assess the situation, has helped guarantee the safety of the absconded workers, necessitating their return.
There is now absolute quiet in the town with the deployment of a heavy police presence to help avert any possible volatile occurrence after the hospital had to be closed to the public as these workers, fearing for their lives, abandoned their posts and fled town.
Mr. Cheremeh, on a visit to the hospital, moved by compassion for the sick people desperately needing health care and anxiously waiting with no help in sight, got the telephone contacts of some health workers and personally called them on their phones to come back to work.
The Regional Minister expressing dismay at the situation which he said was a slur on the Region, urged the chiefs and the youth in the area to do away with ethnocentric sentiments and not do anything to create disunity to rift the country apart.
Mr Cheremeh urged the youth in the area to be more concerned about things that will bring development to the area and desist from acts and issues that could hold back progress.
Osabarima Okokyeredom Kwadwo Sito I, Chairman of the Banda Traditional Council said the issue was of grave concern to the Council and pledged to hunt for the so called perpetrators and bring them to face the law.
The Chief giving the background, said the so-called unidentified youth had put up anonymous notices at vantage points threatening that they were not ready to live peacefully with strangers working in the community.
He condemned the “childish” act calling it “a blunt show of cowardice” and dared the “faceless” youth behind the act to come out boldly in the open and in the media to show to the whole nation the sort of jobs the “strangers” were taking away from them.
Osabarima Sito I said “the unfortunate situation is an attempt by some unscrupulous people to destroy the image of the area which hitherto had accepted public workers and lived peacefully with them irrespective of tribe and religion”.