The Volta Regional Minister, Helen Ntoso has urged the youth of Nkonya and Alavanyo to report individuals who masterminded the killing of innocent people for them to be arrested.
“Anybody aware of people who want to disturb the peace of the area, should quickly report to my office for action in view of the damning consequences of such acts on the security of the nation,” the minister said, after joining the chiefs and people of Nkonya and Alavanyo to celebrate this year’s United Nations International Day of Peace.
The event which was on the theme: “Partnerships for peace-dignity for all”, brought together security personnel, the youth and civil society organisations to commemorate the day.
Mrs Ntoso said the two communities needed to put their pride aside in order to end the over 10 decade old conflict.
She said the persistent enforcement of the law as well as imposing curfews in the area, could not bring peace “but the commitment of the people to support the peace process”.
Mrs. Ntoso said among the 26 districts in the Volta Region, Nkonya and Alavanyo were the two districts she continued to visit most, all in the attempt to bring peace to the area due to the protracted dispute.
She assured of continuing to play her part as a regional minister by engaging the people in the two communities in constant dialogue on the essence of peace and the way forward for sustained peace in the region.
Mrs Ntoso, urged the people to endeavour to sustain the prevailing peace and harmony, pointing out that, it was the way forward for both communities to ensure socio-economic development.
Mr. Clemence Gyato, a peace ambassador, noted that the day was instituted by the United Nations on September 21, every year to educate all, to foster peace among themselves.
He appealed to the two communities to accommodate one another and to dialogue to sustain their areas on the path of growth.
Mr. Gyato said it was important for all to be mindful of the way they conducted themselves to avoid anything that might not be helpful towards unity and peace of the country.
Rev. Monsignor Anthony Kornu, the Vicar General of the Ho Diocese of the Catholic Church, in a welcome address read on his behalf, asked the Nkonyas and Alavanyos to have faith and remain hopeful of better times ahead.
He reminded them about the need to contribute their quota to the national development effort, saying that every body should have a part to play.
Togbe Tseday Atakora VII, Paramount Chief of Alavanyo traditional area, assured the minister that they would be more patriotic by putting the nation first in whatever they do.
From Kafui Gati, Alavanyo