Master Hilary Elliot Dogbe, Ghana’s Peace Ambassador for the 2016 elections, has appealed to stakeholders in the upcoming general elections to let peace reign before, during and after the polls for a sustained national development.
Master Dogbe said children must be the consideration factor in the actions and inactions of the political parties, and their candidates as they (children) remain the future of the country.
“What is the use of a nation without its future builders?
“If Ghana has come this far in building this beautiful nation for her lovely children all these years, we are pleading that it must not be destroyed in a minute.”
Speaking at the Open Dove Children’s Foundation (ODOCEF)’s outreach programme in Tamale in the Northern Region, Master Dogbe said safeguarding the peace of the country was a shared responsibility which must not be shirked.
The outreach, dubbed “Think Child, Think Peace” is a peace advocacy project led by children with the aim of re-echoing the need for peaceful elections by providing platforms that will raise and amplify the voices of children and enable them to propagate peace.
Master Dogbe also called on Chiefs across the country to stay away from politics, serve as mediators in disagreements and focus on the development of their communities as custodians of their lands.
To the youth, the Ambassador entreated them to shun politicians who would entice them to cause mayhem in the electioneering process.
The Director of the ODOCEF, Mr. Joseph Amoako Ansah, on his part said the foundation was committed to the stability of the country after the polls and would do all it could to use children to preach peace.
He said it was important to safeguard the peace because children were the worst affected persons in conflict situations and such a calamity must not be allowed to befall Ghana.
By Times Reporter