The Director of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Dr Patrick Agbesinyale, has appealed to Ghanaians to work towards safeguarding the current peace prevailing in the country.
He explained that, recent happenings around the world signify the important role that peace plays in the development of any economy and said that Ghana cannot afford to neglect the promotion of peace among all citizens.
Dr. Agbesinyale was speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day capacity training programme for members of the Central Regional Peace Council Board on conflict resolution management at Cape Coast yesterday.
The members would be taken through topics on conflict analysis and conflict responses, negotiation, dialogue, mediation as well as the National Peace Council’s Strategic Plan for the country.
It is being organised by the National Peace Council with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Dr Agbesinyale stated the need for the country to put in the needed structures that would help the citizenry to work towards using peace as a resource necessary in spearheading the nation’s developmental drive.
The nation, he said, needed to envisage peace as a crucial resource necessary in the nation’s development and transformation process.
He explained nothing would hold in the country if there was no peace, and therefore appealed to all to support initiatives geared towards promoting peace and unity in the country.
He commended the initiators of the training programme, saying that, it would help in building the required skills for members of the Central Regional Peace Council to deliver on their respective mandate.
The Director in charge of conflict management at the National Peace Council (NPC), George Amoo, in an address, noted that the capacity building process was a way of harmonising existing skills of members of the board in order to enhance their work.
He reiterated the commitment of the NPC in the establishment of a National Peace Fund which he indicated would help in resourcing the council in meeting the demand of the time.
He stated that the Council was well positioned to contribute in addressing any form of conflict that would come up and appealed to Ghanaians to collaborate with the NPC in protecting the peace prevailing in the country.
In an address, the Board Chairman of the Central Regional Peace Council, Dr Kenneth Aikins, said that pockets of chieftaincy and resource based disputes were the major cause of conflict in the region and called on all stakeholders to support the council in addressing such conflicts in the region.
The region, he said, however remained relatively peaceful over the years but urged members to be on their guard to deal with any form of conflict that may come up during the year.
He indicated that the workshop would help in updating the skills of members to make them effective in dealing with any situation.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast