The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has called on Ghanaians to support the security agencies to efficiently fight crime and maintain peaceful atmosphere in the country.
The North East Regional Director of the NCCE, Mr Wilberforce Zangina, made the call when he addressed youth groups in Gambagain, the East Mamprusi Municipality of the North East Region on Wednesday.
He noted that emergence of violent extremists and terrorists in neighbouring countries could spill over to Ghana and the world at large.
He, therefore, stressed the need for all stakeholders to support the security agencies to address the security threats confronting the country,and said when citizens provided relevant information to the security agencies such as the Ghana Police Service, they would be able to strategise to fight crimes.
The youth engagement dubbed, “Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana (NORPREVSEC) Project,” was organised by the East Mamprusi Municipal Directorate of the NCCE with funding support from the European Union (EU).
Mr Zangina urged the citizens to act as watchdogs in their respective communities, and report any suspicious characters to the opinion leaders and law enforcement agencies.
The Municipal Director of the NCCE in charge of the North–East, Mr Abu Nassam, explained that the project was meant to equip the youth with the relevant information on how to dissociate themselves from acts of violent extremism and radicalism.
The Municipal Director said that peace was a pre-requisite requirement of any meaningful development, and urged the youth to be law abiding, respect one another and cultivate the culture of co-existence among others.
The engagement brought together youth leaders and youth groups including political party activists, opinion leaders, persons with disability, women groups, Assembly members and religious groups.
The Acting Municipal Chief Executive for the area, Mr Danladi Abdul-Nasir, explained that violent extremism was a global and interrelated trend and urged the Ghanaian youth to be watchful and disassociate themselves from such violent groups.
He said peace was essential to ensuring accelerated and sustained development and therefore called for equitable distribution of state resources as one of keys to maintaining the prevailing peace and democratic governance.
FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, GAMBAGA