The National Peace Council (NPC) organised a three-day orientation for its new governing board in pursuit of ensuring harmony and efficiency of the Board. The current 13-member Board, chaired by Rev Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, replaced the Prof Emmanuel Asante-led Board whose tenure ended in July 2020. The President inaugurated the current Board on November 10, 2021, barely a month before the December 2020 general elections.
The orientation which took place at the Hill View Guest Centre in Abokobi from 23rd to 25th February, 2021, was in line with NPC Five-year Strategic Plan (2020-2024), which commits the NPC to promoting consensus building in every conflict context through dialogue and mediation processes. Dr. Ozonnia Ojielo, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Designated Official for UN Security, Kyrgyz Republic; Dr. Dominic Sam and Nana SKB Asante, Omanhene of Asokore Mampong and a current board member were the key facilitators of the orientation.
The facilitators took the members of the governing board through a well-structured process and assisted the members to blend their own knowledge of mediation, dialogue and consensus building, and best practices drawn from across Ghana’s regions, the West African sub-region, Africa and the world in general. The training sought to give a harmonized approach to the work of the Eminent Members, introduced them to the rudiments of conflict and peace building, provided a clear appreciation by the Governing Board of the National Security and Peace Architectures, strengthened relationship and bonding by the members on one hand and with other actors in the peace architecture including the UNDP and acquired skills in collaborative leadership and dialogue.
The orientation was climaxed with a handing over ceremony, where a former member of the NPC, Rev. Dr Nii Amoo Darko, presented handing over notes to Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi. The former member entreated the new members to serve diligently to realise their objective and also urged them to learn from the lessons, challenges and recommendations of the old board to guide them in their duty. He urged the new members to chart a new path to position the NPC as a strong peace architecture both in the country and at the global front.
In appreciating the work and contributions of the past board members to building sustainable peace in the country, Rev Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi in turn, presented citations of honour to the immediate past governing board members. At the ceremony, Rev. Dr. Adu Gyamfi said that political polarization was a major issue that had the potential to bring about a crisis, hence the need to pay particular attention to it. He added that the threat of polarization must be dealt with after the election petition because there is the need for us to unite and forge ahead as a nation for development.
In his closing remarks, the Chairman gave an assurance that the Council would work closely with partners to ensure sustainable peace in the country. He also stated that although the country was an oasis of peace in the sub-region, it was still confronted with issues such as election-related violence, political polarisation, protracted land and chieftaincy conflicts, communal violence, insurgency, threat of terrorism and extremism, and secession attempts, hence the need to work together to solve those challenges within the next 10 years.