By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bolgatanga, Nov 8, GNA – The newly reconstituted Upper East Regional Peace Council has been urged to diligently discharge its duties in order to maintain the prevailing peace and security in the region for economic and social advancement.
Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, the Deputy Upper East Regional Minister stated that the past Council’s enviable work in the last four years in ensuring a peaceful region, needed to be continued and admonished the new Council to fulfil its mandate as enshrined in the National Peace Council (NPC) Act.
Mr Adongo was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the newly constituted Upper East Regional Peace Council in Bolgatanga, the regional capital.
The 13-member Council included; Reverend Father George Atanga Asigre from the Catholic Bishops Conference, Madam Agnes Atayila, Past and Present Assembly Women’s Association, Mr Anyema R. Abiiro, African Traditional Religion, and Alhaji Sumaila Issaka, Tijaaniya Muslim Group.
The others were Abu-bakr Abdul-Rahaman Sadiq, Al-sunnah Muslim Group, Alhaji J.J.D Lambon, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Reverend Adjei Nmai, National Association of Christian and Charismatic Churches, Madam Betty Ayagiba, Ghana Pentecostal Church and Mr Alfred Abugre Ndago, a retired educationist as the Regional Coordinating Council nominee.
The rest were Naba Baba Salifu Atamale Lemyaarum, Regional House of Chiefs, Madam Victoria Adimazoya Azeyili, Regional Coordinating Council representative, Madam Florence Lardi Manamzor, Bolgatanga Polytechnic and Reverend Cannon Dennis Tong, a representative from the Christian Council of Ghana.
The new members were sworn into office by Justice Asmah Aseidu, a judge of a Bolgatanga High Court.
The Council members would steer affairs of the Council until 2022.
According to the NPC Act 2011, Act 818, the Council as an independent institution is obliged to offer 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.
The Act further charges the Council to engage in public education and create awareness of conflict indicators within the region and make recommendation to the Regional Coordinating Council and the Regional Security Council on how to improve on the security situation.
He urged members of the Council to exhibit integrity and trustworthiness, adding, “You are mediators and should therefore remain neutral in all cases and times as people are watching closely.”
Mr Osei Kwaku Ampofo-Duku, the Regional Police Commander speaking on behalf of the Regional Security Services, stated that attaining and maintaining peace, security and tranquillity for about 25 years was an indication of a collaborative effort from all stakeholders.
He noted that the security services would continue to collaborate with the Council to ensure that the country continued to be safe to enhance development initiatives.
“It is a basic knowledge that without peace and security, no country can develop to an appreciable level that will benefit her citizens. Government’s free education, One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, Planting for Food and Jobs and Nation’s Builders Corps amongst the numerous social interventions will not survive without peace and security,” he added.
Mr Shaibu Abubakar, a member of the Governing Board of the NPC commended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union (EU) as well as local state institutions for their constant support, and urged Ghanaians to have faith in the peace council to ensure peaceful environment for economic growth.