NORSEC to stem chieftaincy disputes

The Northern Regional Security Council says it is determined to deal with protracted chieftaincy and other disputes in the region.

The Council said security and dispute resolution mechanisms would be adopted to deal with these disputes that continued to threaten the peace and development of the region.

Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, Northern Regional Minister and chairman of the Council, who gave the assurance in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, said REGSEC acknowledged the urgent need in finding means to halting the rampant violent conflicts in the area.

“It will be in the interest of all of us in the region to ensure that peace, unity and armistice prevail,” the minister said.

He said in order to adopt preventive measures, the REGSEC would intensify its collaboration with all stakeholders, particularly the National Peace Council, religious groups and traditional leaders for effective implementation of laid down strategies to promote peace in the area.

The minister said government’s desire to accelerate development of the region would continue to be a mirage “if we allow these needless violent conflicts to linger on”.

He warned all trouble makers in the region to desist from fomenting trouble since the security personnel would deal ruthlessly with them.

Alhaji Muniru appealed to the chiefs and opinion leaders in the area, to always resort to dialogue to resolve their differences.

The minister entreated all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the region to be proactive in addressing threats to security, adding that lackadaisical attitudes to such issues, would not be entertained.

He also urged the MMDCEs to liaise with chiefs and other relevant stakeholders to deal with early warning signals.

Alhaji Muniru commended the media for their continuous support in the development of the region, but urged them to be circumspect in their reportage on issues relating to disputes to prevent their escalation.

From: Yakubu Abdul-
Majeed, Tamale.

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