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Sunyani, Aug. 1, GNA – Reverend Father Williams Kyere, the Chairman of the Bono Regional Peace Council at the weekend expressed worry about the decline of the ancient dignity, integrity and respect accorded the chieftaincy institution in the country.

This, he attributed to what he described as active engagements of some chiefs and queens in the nation’s partisan politicking as well as protracted chieftaincy disputes and appealed to traditional authorities to desist from engaging in active politics to restore the revered image of the chieftaincy institution.

Rev. Fr. Kyere raised the concerns in a speech read on his behalf at the second Memorial Peace Lecture of the late Nana Yaa Nyamaa Poduo II, the Paramount Queen-mother of the Sunyani Traditional Area in Sunyani.

The late queen-mother died on August 1, 2019. She was 64 years.

Under the theme: “Safeguarding the Integrity of Our Chieftaincy Institution for Sustainable Peace: The Role of Queen-mothers”, the lecture was organised by the Bono Regional Peace Council and mostly attended by traditional rulers in the region.

As the embodiment of the people, Rev. Fr. Kyere indicated chiefs and queens who engaged in partisan politics turned to divide and create problems in society and, therefore, pleaded with traditional authorities to stay outside of politicking and concentrate on how best they could contribute to the development of their communities for better living conditions of the people.

Nana Bofo Bene IV, the Paramount Chief of Dwenem Traditional Area cautioned queen-mothers against bribery and corruption, which had contributed to high cases of recorded chieftaincy disputes in the country.

He implored queen-mothers who served as kingmakers to pass through laid down procedures and to ensure that eligible and rightful royals ascended the throne whenever a stool became vacant to help control chieftaincy disputes that threatened national peace and stability.

Nana Bene IV, noted that with the exception of Dwenem and Sunyani Traditional Areas, all the 49 traditional Areas in the then Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs were battling with chieftaincy disputes and partly blamed queen-mothers for the disputes because of their personal interest and ambitions.

Okokyeredom Sakyi Ako II, the Paramount Chief of Drobo Traditional Area, and the Vice President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs noted with regret that successive governments had for some time now attempted and tried to take over the powers of traditional authorities.

But, he emphasised the surest way the nation could develop as expected was to find alternative ways to get traditional authorities actively involved in the governance processes.

Nana Kwaku Sarbeng II, the Akwamuhene of Sunyani Traditional Area described the late queen-mother as the embodiment of peace, tolerance, and forbearing, and implored chiefs and queens to emulate such traits to help deepen societal peace and national cohesion.

Earlier in a welcoming address, Alhaji Suallah Quandah, the Executive Secretary of the Bono Regional Peace Council explained the lecture was instituted and held annually to remember the sterling contributions and achievements of the late queen towards the promotion and sustenance of peace in the region and beyond.
Source: GNA

 

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The attention of the National Peace Council has been drawn to the shooting incident reported to have taken place in Ejura in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday June 29, 2021. The Council received this unfortunate report in the middle of a National Stakeholder Dialogue to chart a path to consolidate the gains the country has made beyond the 2020 elections.

 

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The National Peace Council confers with the National Chief Imam and the Muslim Caucus in parliament.
Reverend Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Chairman, National Peace Council (NPC), on Monday conferred with Dr Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam, in Accra on the Wesley Girls’ Senior High School (Weygeyhey) impasse.


This was to enable the Council to brief the Chief Imam on its efforts to resolve the situation.
The impasse concerns the prevention of Muslim student from observing the just ended Ramadan fast for various reasons by the School’s Authorities.
Other members of the delegation include Numo Blafo Akotia Omaetu III, Sheikh Salman Mohammed Alhassan, Mrs Joana Adzoa Opare, Mrs Magdalene Kannae, Bishop John Kwamina Otoo and Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih.
The rest are Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fian, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, who doubles as the Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, and Mr Geoge Amoh, the Executive Secretary of the NPC.
Rev Dr Adu-Gyamfi in his remarks thanked the National Chief Imam for accepting to play the role in the Presidential Peace Pact signing towards Election 2020.
He also expressed gratitude to him for the role he played when the Wesley Girls’ issue came up, by calling his team together and appealing to all of them to remain calm as they sought to solve the problem.
“And we see this, as part of your nature and your desire for peace and consensus (building) in this country. We believe that those appeals have helped to tone down the tension in the country,” he said.
“Ghana has been a very peaceful country, and we believe that we have been the envy of all our neighbours and we have existed peacefully among ourselves.”
He said the Council in its efforts to resolve the impasse had already met with the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the School, Old Girls Association of the School and the Ministry of Education.
He informed the Chief Imam that per the Council’s  interactions with the Ministry of Education, they had come to the consensus that within the next two weeks there should be a memorandum of understanding (MoU) governing the all-mission schools and all public schools in this country
He said the document also specified clearly what were the rights, the privileges, and also the responsibilities of every individual who went to those schools.
“And we want this document to be documented and signed by all parties who agree to it; that at the end of the day, once you take that document, everybody knows what can be done and what cannot be done,” the Chairman said.
“We believe that if this is pursued to its logical conclusion, this matter would come to an end, that Ghana would not see this again.”
He said the document would also incorporate some of the issues that the Peace Council recommended in 2015 when the hijab issue came; in which there were some recommendations that were made, which were not implemented to its logical conclusion.
“We are bringing those recommendations into this new document, so that at the end of the day, everybody in this country would be satisfied.”
He said when the draft document was ready, it would be brought back to all stakeholders to look at it; adding that this would ensure that all were satisfied with it before they sign it; adding that the document would online what could be done and could not be done.
Rev Dr Adu-Gyamfi noted that some people were using the issue as an opportunity to divide the nation further by using rehash videos and tapes.
He also appealed to Ghanaians to remain calm; saying “ let’s stay together as one people with one destiny”.
On his part, Dr Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu said God had been gracious to Ghanaians by giving them peace, and that adherents of various faiths were able to live in peace and harmony in the country; saying that Ghanaians must preserve the peace of the nation.
Citing the Holy Koran, the National Chief Imam advised Ghanaians to always communicate with each other in a civil manner.
Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, who doubles as the Ameer and Missionary-in-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission of Ghana, urged Muslims in the country to see themselves as an embodiment of peace.

 

 

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Third Statement on WeyHeyGey Ramadan impasse.

For Immediate Release:

Re: Statement Of The National Peace Council Regarding The Wesley Girls’ Senior High School Cape Coast And A Student Prevented From Fasting.
Furtherance to two earlier statements released on the above, the National Peace Council (NPC) is minded to update stakeholders and the general public on the latest developments in the process to deal once and for all with faith-based issues in educational institutions.

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For Immediate Release:

Re: Statement Of The National Peace Council Regarding The Wesley Girls’ Senior High School Cape Coast And A Student Prevented From Fasting

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Statement of the National Peace Council Regarding Wesley Girls’ Senior High School and a Student Prevented from Fasting.

The National Peace Council has taken note of reports of a Muslim student at the Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast, who was allegedly prevented from fasting in the ongoing Ramadan which is being observed by Muslims.

 

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Members of the Northern Regional Peace Council (NPC) and the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC), have undergone a capacity building training to equip and strengthen them with skills needed to maintain peace and security in the region.

The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to develop mechanisms and strategies to enhance the cooperation between the NPC and REGSEC to prevent and mitigate violent extremism in the Northern Region.

The two-day training workshop was jointly organized, in Tamale, by the two institutions, with funding support from the Catholic Archdiocese of Tamale, through MISEREOR, a German development agency.

Participants were taken through conflict trends and the implications for peace and security in Ghana and the Northern Region, and violent extremism and terrorism.

They were also introduced to the National Framework for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Ghana among other topics.

Mr Emmanuel Habuka Bombande, a Senior Mediation Adviser, who facilitated the engagement, said “all the neighbours to the North of Ghana had one way or the other, been impacted by terrorist activities, so the call for collective cooperation between the NPC and REGSEC, becomes important in how we deal with countering such activities”.

He underscored the importance of not allowing political interference in the management of peace and security in the country, adding “the peace and security of the nation should be a common discourse among citizens and everybody is partly responsible for preventing violent extremism and terrorism in Ghana”.

He advised the youth in the region not to allow themselves to be recruited by terrorist groups and desist from activities that could lead to violence in their communities, however, they should cooperate with the security agencies to stop such acts.

The Most Reverend Philip Naameh, Chairman of the Northern Regional Peace Council, noted that to further deepen and strengthen the peace process in the region, an effective collaboration among stakeholders was key, hence, the idea behind the workshop for members of the two institutions.

SOURCE: NEWS GHANA

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Sunyani, April 02, GNA – Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister, has called on the Regional Peace Council to step up efforts at devising realistic strategies to address protracted chieftaincy disputes in the region.

“We must work together to identify and tackle the remote causes of the long standing chieftaincy disputes that threatened the peace of the region,” she said.

Such disputes, she said, retarded progress and called for effective collaboration between the Regional Security Council, Peace Council and the Regional House of Chiefs to iron out all misunderstandings.

Madam Owusu-Banahene said this when the Regional Peace Council paid a courtesy call on her in Sunyani.

She said peace remained a pre-requisite for development and urged the stakeholders to device preventive measures to curb it, rather than allowing the disputes to trigger into conflicts and violence that impacted the socio-economic growth of the area.

Issues such as land litigation had huge potential to disturb the peace, the Minister said, and called for collaboration with the Lands Commission to help resolve land disputes.
She assured the Peace Council of her readiness and commitment to supporting it in all its activities.

Alhaji Suallah Abdalah Quandah, the Executive Secretary of the Bono Regional Peace Council, took the Regional Minister through the activities of the Council and hoped the Regional Coordinating Council would support his office to address potential conflicts that threatened the peace of the region.

He congratulated the Regional Minister on her appointment and called on the people to support her to improve the development of the region.

SOURCE:GNA

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The Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene (Awo)has advocated effective collaboration between the Regional Peace Council and RESEC to ensure there is peace and harmony in the region.


She made the call when members of the Regional Peace Council paid a courtesy call on her at her office today. At a meeting which was attended by the Chief Director and his deputy, Chairman for Bono Regional Peace Council on behalf of the other members congratulated the New Regional Minister on her new appointment and formally welcomed her to her new office.

In response, the Hon Minister was thankful to the Regional Peace Council for their support and prayers before and during her vetting and the warm reception she had been accorded.

She stressed the need for the Bono Region to have a vibrant Peace Council which will ensure the Bono Region enjoys utmost peace and security which are prerequisite for accelerated development.

The New Bono Regional Minister Awo, as she prefers to be addressed, equally emphasized the need for the Regional Peace Council to join hands with other state institutions such as Chieftaincy, RESEC Lands Commission and Council of RELIGIOUS LEADERS to undertake preventive measures rather than to wait for the misunderstanding to degenerate conflicts before they attempt resolutions. She ended her speech with a solemn pledge to support the Regional Peace Council in all their endeavors.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Alhaji Soala took time to explain their mode of operations, pointed out some potential conflict zones to the house and finally, thanked the new Regional Minister for her matured exhortation and for demonstrating such high level of commitment to peace and security.

 

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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.

 

 

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