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Sunyani, Aug. 17, GNA – The Bono Regional Peace Council on Tuesday cautioned the media to be circumspect in their reportage and avoid inflaming passion that could spark tensions to disturb the prevailing peace in Sunyani and beyond.

The Council said it was unhappy about the trend of events in relation to the enstoolment of a new paramount queen-mother for the Sunyani Traditional Area, and therefore asked the media to avoid speculations by cross-checking their facts well before going to press.

A statement issued and signed by Alhaji Suallah Abdallah Quandah, the Executive Secretary of the Council, and made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA)on Tuesday in Sunyani, said peace remained a priceless commodity that should not be toyed with.

Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, the Paramount Chief of the Sunyani Traditional Area pronounced and enstooled Nana Akosua Dua Asor Brayie II, as the new paramount queen-mother of the Area on August 2, 2021.

She succeeded Nana Yaa Nyamaa Poduo II, who died on August 1, 2019, but the statement said “the Bono Regional Peace Council has noted with great concern, the installation of a new queen mother of the Sunyani Traditional Area, on Monday, August 02, 2021 and matters arising afterwards.

“Prior to the installation and after, there had been disagreement amongst interested parties with regard to who would occupy the vacant stool, outdooring and installation as a queen mother for the area.

“The Bono Regional Peace Council has been engaging all parties and stakeholders concerned at different times, before, during and after the installation and we therefore commend all parties for their cooperation, how they have exercised restraint and are conducting themselves without employing violence as a means to addressing their grievances”, the statement indicated.

It encouraged all parties to continue using all the legitimate and non-violent means available to them to address their grievances and concerns, saying the Peace Council too would continue engaging parties at its level to find an amicable solution to this dispute, where all parties can come into a consensus.

“We are equally appealing to the public and the media to be circumspect about how we share our opinions or report on any issue(s) related to this said dispute. We urge everybody to cross examine and authenticate information before passing comments or reporting on the dispute”.

This, the statement noted, would go a long way to calming down tensions and help the peace building and conflict resolution process, saying anything contrary, would-be stoking violence, and therefore, called for calm amongst feuding parties.

“We at the Bono Regional Peace Council will also be doing our part and any of the parties can call on us at any time possible, for our offices are always open”, the statement added and called for continuous cooperation among the parties involved, as the Council worked hard to help resolve the dispute in the interest of development.

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Paramount Chief urges Peace Council to remain resolute and neutral https://www.peacecouncil.gov.gh/2021/08/20/paramount-chief-urges-peace-council-to-remain-resolute-and-neutral/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=paramount-chief-urges-peace-council-to-remain-resolute-and-neutral https://www.peacecouncil.gov.gh/2021/08/20/paramount-chief-urges-peace-council-to-remain-resolute-and-neutral/#respond Fri, 20 Aug 2021 08:58:22 +0000 https://www.peacecouncil.gov.gh/?p=3028 Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/R), Aug. 19, GNA –Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman-Badu II, the Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area in the Bono Region, has urged the National Peace Council to remain neutral and resolute in the discharge of its duties. He said the Council must not tolerate political interferences and influences as that remained the surest way […]

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Dormaa-Ahenkro (B/R), Aug. 19, GNA –Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman-Badu II, the Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area in the Bono Region, has urged the National Peace Council to remain neutral and resolute in the discharge of its duties.

He said the Council must not tolerate political interferences and influences as that remained the surest way it could build and deepen public trust and confidence.

Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu II, however, commended the Council particularly, in the Bono Region for its exceptional work, saying, but for its timely intervention, many conflicts would have degenerated into violence and consequently mar the prevailing peace of the region.

The Paramount Chief, also the President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, gave the commendation when the members of the Bono Regional Peace Council paid a courtesy call on him at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality to congratulate him on his election as the President of the House.

Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu tasked the Council to be proactive and underlined the need to ensure that effective collaboration was fostered between the Council and the Regional House of Chiefs in resolving chieftaincy disputes to deepen peace and social cohesion for development.

“Frankly speaking, we revere the work of the Peace Council so much, and we promise to support the Council in whatever way to deepen the prevailing peace of the region”, he emphasised.

Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu II expressed worry about the number of chieftaincy disputes pending before the Judicial Committee of the House, saying, they threatened the region’s peace and stability, and pledged his commitment to ensure those disputes were resolved amicably.

He also suggested for the Council to employ the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism in settling disputes instead of judicial processes.

The Paramount Chief explained ADR systems remained adversarial in nature that focused and recollected past and present events in the determination of rights and liabilities that enhanced mutual agreements between feuding parties.

Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu said he was unhappy the Bono Regional Peace Council remained silent about some political violence and misunderstandings that occurred in the region before, during, and after the Election 2020 and condemned the political violence that occurred at the Banda constituency during the voters’ registration exercise and the voting day.

The Reverend Canon Martin Amankwah, a member of the Bono Peace Council emphasised the Council’s readiness and commitment to harmonize and coordinate conflict prevention, management, resolution, and build sustainable peace through networking and coordination.

He stressed the need for the Council to collaborate with traditional authorities in the region to foster cooperation that would enhance the peace of the region to facilitate accelerated development.

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Peace Council unhappy about chieftaincy institution’s declining dignity and integrity https://www.peacecouncil.gov.gh/2021/08/02/peace-council-unhappy-about-chieftaincy-institutions-declining-dignity-and-integrity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=peace-council-unhappy-about-chieftaincy-institutions-declining-dignity-and-integrity https://www.peacecouncil.gov.gh/2021/08/02/peace-council-unhappy-about-chieftaincy-institutions-declining-dignity-and-integrity/#respond Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:15:27 +0000 https://www.peacecouncil.gov.gh/?p=3002 The post Peace Council unhappy about chieftaincy institution’s declining dignity and integrity appeared first on National Peace Council.

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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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