The National Peace Council (NPC) is rallying Ghanaians to make a conscious effort to promote peace to sustain the country’s democracy and socio-economic development.

The Council believes the need for peace in Ghana had never been more critical as the country’s socio-economic systems seemed unable to respond effectively to emerging conflicts in a more complex manner.

Bishop Ben Nuhu Abubakar, the Acting Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Council, said the youth were becoming increasingly agitated over limited opportunities and the current economic hardship.

He addressed a two-day workshop on 26th October 2022 in Kumasi for selected tertiary student leaders from Ashanti, Bono, and Eastern regions on conflict prevention and violent extremism.

Funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the workshop sought to build the capacity and equip participants with knowledge and skills on peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution, using a non-violent approach.

Madam Janet Sarney Kumah, the Director for Capacity Building, NPC, said student leaders had roles to play in preserving the peace and stability of the country.

She said building the capacity of student leadership would not only promote peaceful coexistence on campuses but also in the larger society because they could potentially take up leadership positions beyond their stay in school.