NPC Not An Addendu Of EC – Most Rev. Asante

MOST. REV. PROF. EMMANUEL ASANTE  (5)Most Rev, Prof. Emmanuel Asante, chairman of the National Peace Council (NPC) has stated that the Council is not an addendum of the Electoral Commission (EC) and that regional members of the Council should not see themselves as such.

He said although the Council was active during the heat of the 2012 election petition at the Supreme Court it did not work over the EC.

According to Most Rev. Asante, the Council was established by the NPC Act of 2011(Act 818) and mandated to facilitate and develop mechanisms to prevent, manage, resolve and build sustainable peace in the country as well as increase and create awareness on the use of non-violent strategies to prevent and resolve conflicts among others.

He was speaking at the inauguration of an 11- member Ashanti Regional Peace Council, here yesterday, to complement the efforts of the various security councils in the region and districts toward ensuring peace.

Most Rev. Asante, who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, disclosed that a recent conflict mapping survey conducted by the National Peace Council in collaboration with the University of Cape Coast showed that every region in Ghana have challenges of conflicts in one or another, thus threatening the peace of the country.

Some of the threats to peace in the Ashanti Region, for instance, he said included the Jamasi, Juaso, Nkenkenso and Asumegya conflicts.

He observed that, Ghana, over the years has been percieved as a relatively stable democracy and peaceful haven in a troubled sub-Saharan region, but ‘’those of us living in the country know that we are confronted with numerouschieftaincy, political, land  and border disputes among hosts of others’’.

Most Rev Asante pointed out that the need for in the country has become apparent especially as elections have been fiercely contested with the youth increasingly agitated over limited opportunities and extremism looming largely in the sub-region.

He urged the members to use indigenous mechanisms and processes to ascertain and solve issues, saying ‘’the national architecture for peace is premised on the realization that the most effective conflict resolution and peace building processes are those that leverage on the experience and cultures of the parties in conflict rather than then the use of alien models’’.

The Presiding Bishop asked them to be alert for early warning signs of conflicts.

The deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Jospeh Yammin noted that the NPC since its establishment had played a critical role in helping to sustain the peace the country has enjoyed over the years.

Saying, peace is an important ingredient for meaningful development. He added that the Regional Coordinating Council would give the necessary support to members.

FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI

 

 

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