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The National Peace Council (NPC) has said tackling polarisation of the country in a post-election

petition at the Supreme Court will be its priority.

According to the council, political polarisation was a major issue that had the potential to bring about a crisis, hence the need to pay particular attention to it.

“I think that the threat of polarisation 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,” the Chairman of the NPC, Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, said at the handover ceremony of the council in Accra last Thursday.

The event climaxed a three-day orientation of the new Governing Board of the NPC which was inaugurated in November last year.

There were also discussions of pertinent issues of peace and security in the country.

Handover notes of the previous board were presented to Rev. Dr Adu-Gyamfi.

Assurance

The chairman gave an assurance that the council would work closely with partners to ensure sustainable peace in the country.

“We have to explore more closely areas we can partner to strengthen our collective abilities to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.

Rev. Dr Adu-Gyamfi said 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.

“We have to work together, for there is always strength in partnerships and unity. Our doors are open and we will continue to engage with you to sustain the peace of the country,” he added.

On the election petition, Rev. Dr Adu-Gyamfi further appealed to the public to accept the verdict of the court.

“All parties said they have made a case but justice is in the bosom of the judges and once the case is determined we want to appeal to Ghanaians to accept the verdict so that business can move on smoothly.”

“Whoever the judgement goes in favour of or against we need to understand that it is the path we have chosen, the path of democracy and so let us move on regardless of the outcome,” he said.

Advice

A former member of the NPC, Rev. Dr Nii Amoo Darko, entreated the new members to serve diligently to realise their objective.

He also urged them to learn from the lessons, challenges and recommendations of the old board to guide them in their duty.

“I urge you to chart a new path to position the NPC as a strong peace architecture both in the country and at the global front,” Rev. Dr Darko added.

SOURCE: www.graphic.com.gh

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On 16 February, 2021, the National Peace Council honoured two of its staff who retired in 2020. These were Mr. Sulley Sumani who served as the Executive Secretary of Central Region Peace Council, and Mr Peter Atta Agboso as the Executive Secretary of Eastern Region Peace Council.

In appreciating their diligence to work and service rendered to the National Peace Council, a befitting send-off ceremony was organised by the Peace Council at its Headoffice in Accra to honour the retirees.

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi on behalf of the Council presented citations of honour and undisclosed sum of money to the two retirees. Also, current Executive Secretaries across the regions honoured their retired colleagues.

The retired staff were encouraged to utilise any untapped talents to impact on the National Peace Council and the society, while they enjoy their retirement.

The retirees indicated their availability to support the National Peace Council whenever the need arose.

The Send-off Ceremony organised by he National Peace Council was the first of its kind and hoped its establishment will continue in perpetuity.

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Gabriel Appiah aka Nana AK (Winner of talented kids Season 11) on 16 February, 2021, paid a courtesy call on the National Peace Council to express his appreciation to the Council for supporting his nationwide peace campaign in the lead up to the December 2020 general election in Ghana.

He presented to the Peace Council a colourful “Wooden Ghana Map” which depicts the symbols of the various political parties in Ghana, and endorsement by citizens including some eminent personalities. The map symbolises political tolerance, peaceful co-existence and national cohesion.

In acknowledging the contribution of Nana AK as the “Young Peace Ambasador” to the peaceful December 2020 election, the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu- Gyamfi, presented a citation on behalf of the Peace Council to him. The Chairman encouraged the “Young Peace Ambassador” to continually leverage on his craft for national development and posterity.

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Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Board Chairman of the National Peace Council presenting report on Elections 2020 sensitization sessions to Angela Lusigi, UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana.

The Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Angela Lusigi, commended the National Peace Council (NPC) for its great efforts towards peace building and social cohesion in Ghana, especially during Ghana’s 2020 elections. She applauded the Council for its good work at a courtesy call on the Board Chairman of the NPC, Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi and staff of the national secretariat, to deepen working relations with the Council.

Ms. Lusigi pledged UNDP’s continued partnership and support for the work of the National Peace Council to promote peace in Ghana. This, according to her, is because peace is an enabler for the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP believes that achieving SDG16 for peaceful and just societies is the bedrock of the achievement of all the SDGs. We remain committed to supporting the National Peace Council to ensure that Ghana maintains its enviable record as a peaceful nation and effectively contributes to stability in the region”, she stated.

The UNDP Resident Representative seized the opportunity to present Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment to the Council, to strengthen its institutional capacity especially in its new regional offices in the newly created regions of Ghana. The equipment includes Laptops (14), Desktop Computers (4), Scanners (5), and Printers (8).

                        Ms. Lusigi presenting the ICT equipment to Rev. Dr Adu-Gyamfi

On his part, the Board Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi thanked UNDP for its continued support to the work of the Council and for the presentation of the ICT equipment. He noted that, UNDP continue to provide technical, financial, and logistical support to the Council for its effective functioning right from its inception. He added that in recent past, in collaboration with DANIDA, EU, UNDP provided vehicles, furniture and equipment to all Regional Offices across the country, and with the creation of the new regions, these  additional ICT tools will equip staff of the new regional offices to perform their functions more effectively.

I thank UNDP for the great collaborations and tremendous support over the years, in promoting peace in Ghana and I am looking forward to more partnerships,” he said.

Speaking on the Council’s workplan for the year, Rev. Dr Adu-Gyamfi noted that, they are planning to focus on building the capacity of newly appointed Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in selected regions in Ghana, to empower them to be able to effectively respond to conflict situations. He indicated that the Council will also intensify its support to communities that survived volatile situations and work with other state institutions to strengthen capacity to address emerging terrorism issues.

Peacebuilding is crucial for the achievement of the SDGs. Over the years, UNDP has been instrumental in the processes leading to the establishment of the NPC through the bi-partisan passage of the NPC Act. This strong partnership contributed to several successes including the resolve of the Dagbon Conflict. For elections 2020, UNDP and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the UN system in Ghana supported the Council’s stakeholder engagements towards a peaceful and violence free elections.
SOURCE: www.gh.undp.org

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The National Peace Council wishes to thank the almighty God for seeing Ghana through the eighth general elections in the fourth Republic and to commend Ghanaians for the peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections on Monday 7 December, 2020.

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Nana Dr. S.K.B Asante Of The National Peace Council Is Alive And Well
The National Peace Council wishes to inform all that the news trending of the demise of one of its Eminent Members, Nana Dr. S.K.B Asante is false. The Council wishes to categorically state that Nana Dr. S.K.B Asante who is also the Omanhene of Asokore Mampong is not the same person as Prof. S.K.B Asante.
The Council strongly instructs Pulse Ghana to delete the false story from its website and caution the reporter Kojo Emmanuel to desist from spreading falsehood.

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For Immediate Release

His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on 10 November, 2020 inaugurated the newly appointed thirteen Board members of the National Peace Council at the Jubilee House. The inauguration is in line with the National Peace Council Act 2011, (Act 818), which establishes a governing body consisting of thirteen eminent persons with the objective to facilitate and develop mechanisms for conflict prevention, management, resolution and build sustainable peace in Ghana.

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For Immediate Release:

Communique on the Violence in Odododiodio Constituency

 

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The Methodist Church Ghana on Sunday launched the “Methodist Youth against Vigilantism” group to commence a campaign to promote peace ahead of the December 7 general election.

The group was launched in Accra in collaboration with the Greater Accra Regional Peace Council and National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).

It was charged to deliver peace messages at churches, communities, market places, social media platforms, and through musical concerts with the slogan: “Say No to Vigilantism, My Peace, Your Peace, Our Peace!”

The group, to begin its campaign, sketched a drama to send a word of caution to all youths to avoid vigilantism as it had repercussions in terms of health, psychological, and social and the sanctions involved.

The Right Reverend Samuel K. Osabutey, the Methodist Bishop of Accra, said humans differed in their principles, perceptions, religious beliefs and practices, and social inclusions among other things and it was required of all to accept each other to promote peace and development.

He said the Church found it necessary to sensitise the youth, who were likely to be lured into vigilantism while the nation prepared for the election, to avoid risking their lives and that of others.

Dr Afua Yakohene, a member of the Greater Accra Regional Peace Council, speaking on: “The Need for Peace,” said the youth must avoid polarisation and prioritise their future, families and Ghana before engaging in any form of violence to push the agenda of a political party.
“We are all different and unique and by pulling our strengths together, we can grow,” she added.

Dr Yakohene advised the public to engage in politics of dignity and avoid name calling, bearing in mind the ‘Principle of Double Effect,’ where they could be affected by their own actions.

She appealed to Ghanaians to adopt dialogue to settle all forms of misunderstanding, as dialogue gave an opportunity to explore the root causes of crisis and its resolution to promote acceptance, consensus building, peace, stability and unity.

Mr Henry Attoh Okai, the Executive Secretary of the Greater Accra Regional Peace Council, addressing the youth on the topic: “Vigilantism and Related Offences Act 999 (2019)”, explained that the Act came into force after violence erupted at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in Accra.

Sections of the Act say that anyone found to be part of any act or threat of violence shall be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years and not more than 25 years.

Such individuals shall also be banned from contesting a public or political party office until 10 years after serving their sentence among other prohibitions.

Mr Okai said the Party, which failed to comply with the sanctions shall have its chairman, general secretary, national organiser and treasurer liable to not less than 10,000 penalty units and not more than 25,000 penalty units.

They could also face a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years and not more than 25 years.

Mrs Lucille Hewlett-Annan, the Greater Accra Regional Director of NCCE, who spoke on “Civic and Voter Education,” said voting was the civic duty of every eligible citizen and the only way to have a legitimate government to manage the affairs of the country was through elections.

She advised the youth to be agents of peace and sensitise their peers to join the fight against vigilantism.

SOURCE: Ghana News Agency

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Accra, Sept. 30, GNA – Mr George Amoh, Executive Secretary, National Peace Council, has called on journalists to report conflicts in a manner that would promote peace at all times.

The Journalist covering a conflict must present accurate and impartial facts but must avoid poisonous facts which could exacerbate the conflict.

Mr Amoh, who was the Lead trainer at a training session for journalists of the Ghana News Agency, on conflict sensitive reporting, urged journalists to be always guided by the basic principles of journalism which included truth, accuracy, loyalty the public, independence and accountability.

He said the media was often the most important channel of communication between parties in conflicts and journalists must present a realistic yet tactical construction of news as parties were informed about the challenges of each other towards reconciliation.

He said “the journalist, who does that, can help educate each side to avoid demands for simplistic immediate solutions.”

Mr Amoh said journalists must also try to get closer to the truth as much as possible, serve the public interest, avoid being influenced by external forces, be ready to report what was factual and report conflicts in a manner that protected the rights of all parties concerned.

He stated that journalists must also avoid fear mongering such as the use of words like “devastations, tragedy, horrors” to describe what must have happened to one of the parties in the conflict.

“A conflict sensitive journalist applies conflict analysis and research that bring out perspectives about ongoing conflicts that reduce violence. He or she reports on who is helping to resolve an ongoing conflict, and choose his words carefully”

“Use the opportunity you have to build confidence, since the lack of trust is a major factor contributing to conflicts. You have the opportunity to help build bridges and to build consensus,” he said.

He urged journalists to read more, expose themselves, be broad and open minded, ready to learn things that were new and to unlearn some of the things you have learnt earlier in life, so that together we keep the peace in the country.

“We have to jealously guard the peace that the country is enjoying, let us continue the path of setting the standards in all aspects of our reporting even more importantly, our conflict reporting mechanism, that way, we will be fulfilling not only our professional and social responsibilities, but also our global responsibilities,” he said.

Mrs Beatrice Savage, Director of Editorial, Ghana News Agency, said the training session formed part of Ghana News Agency’s preparations towards the coverage of the December general elections and thanked the Peace Council’s Executive Secretary for the valuation lessons on conflict reporting.

SOURCE: GNA

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