NCCE urge citizens to be Security conscious

Denyembour (E/R),- The Denkyembour District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), noted that every citizen has a responsibility to be security conscious, so as to detect and prevent activities of violent extremists.

 

Mr Ernest Eli Billy Kwami, NCCE Denkyembour District Director, said it was the responsibility of citizens of a nation to promote peace and resolve conflicts at all times for national development.

 

In view of that, the NCCE in collaboration with the National Security Ministry has rolled-out national projects for political party activists and members of the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) to ensure that Ghanaians understand the essence of national peace.

 

Mr Kwami who was speaking at the forum in Denyembour in the Eastern Region, which was on the theme: “Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana”, said the Commission would continue to intensify public education.

 

The NCCE District Director expressed gratitude to the European Union for their continuous support towards the activities of the Commission.

 

Mr Kwami explained that the mandate of the Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC), which was constituted by the NCCE was to promote peace and resolve conflicts among political actors and other relevant stakeholders across the various districts in the country.

 

He said it was important for the various political parties to as a matter of urgency re-enforce their role as key stakeholders in ensuring that political parties sensitize their subjects to uphold the peaceful co-existence in the country.

 

“Ghana is not ready for any extremist activities,” he stated and explained that to curb electoral violence and protect public peace and safety, citizens must adhere to the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491) the Vigilantism & Related Offences Act, 2019 (Act 999) and the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), so as to deepen the country’s democratic credentials.

 

Mr. Alex Sackey, NCCE Eastern Regional Director, noted that the National Security Strategy had come at the right time to sensitize the public and create the needed awareness against violence and activities, which could be linked to extremist and terrorism activities.

 

Mr Sackey called on the government to promulgate policies, which would create direct employment to the teeming unemployed youth in the country.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Minister advises MMDCEs to stay in their districts

Wa,– Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, has advised the Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the Region to endeavour to stay in their respective jurisdictions for effective delivery of their mandate.

 

“All appointees, you have until the end of this month to move to your respective jurisdiction – go there, stay there and live with the people,” he said.

 

Dr Bin Salih who said this during the swearing-in of the remaining three MDCEs in Wa, said they would no longer tolerate the situation where some of them lived outside their jurisdiction and commuted on daily basis.

 

He said the practice of staying in Wa commuting to the districts was affecting the coffers of the various assemblies and that could not be allowed to continue.

 

He also advised them to try to strike good relations with their traditional and religious leaders, adding that, they were key stakeholders and that if they wanted their stay in the community to be peaceful, they needed to have an excellent relation with the traditional authorities.

 

“Also do not forget about the hen that laid the golden egg, once you are able to do that, there will be peace and harmony for us all to deliver on our mandate,” the Regional Minister added.

 

He admitted that the task ahead of them was heavy, but with unity and cooperation, they would be able to surmount it.

 

Dr Bin Salih said the President had confidence in them and that was why he appointed them and urged them not to betray him, but rather work assiduously to justify their appointment.

 

He also advised the MDCEs not to laud their positions over the people they were going to work with.

 

“As politicians, there will always be a day of reckoning – we are all young men and women, there is a tomorrow where you will need the support of the people you head to either maintain your position or even go higher,” he pointed out to them.

 

The Minister used the occasion to invite the public to the closing ceremony of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, which would be marked with a Mass Service at the Cathedral Church.

 

“We need the intervention of God for us to succeed and this is a fine opportunity for us to pray for God to show us the way,” he said.

 

He also reminded them about the launch of the fundraising event towards the construction of the National Cathedral and extended invitation again to the general public to come and contribute their widow’s might towards a successful execution of the project.

 

“The successful completion of the project will enable the country have a facility of international standard where they will not only host religious conferences but all manner of conferences,” he said.

 

Dr Bin Salih announced that from 24th-25th of November, 2020, the Region would host the third edition of the Northern Ghana Development Summit, which would be graced by President Akufo-Addo, some Ambassadors, and Heads of various Corporations to discuss the development and investment opportunities in the Region.

 

He therefore urged all stakeholders to make it a duty to be present to enrich the discussion in order to attract investors to the Region.

 

The three who were sworn-in by His Lordship Abdul-Yusif Asibey, the Supervising High Court Judge in Wa, included Mr Jacob Domekakpiery Dery, Lawra Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Nicolas N. Soyiri, Jirapa (MCE), and Madam Vidah Diorotey, Wa West District Chief Executive (DCE).

 

On behalf of her colleagues, Madam Vidah thanked the President for the confidence reposed in them and pledged to work hard to actualize the Presidents’ vision for their various districts.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Africa to get Regional Conflict Resolution Body

 

Accra,- A continental conflict resolution body, aimed at promoting dispute prevention and early resolution in the various economic, human, political and environmental sectors in Africa, is in the offing.

 

Among its objectives, the body, which is to be known as the Africa Association of ADR Professional Practitioners (AAAPP), will provide support to regional bodies such as the African Union Commission and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat to resolve disputes that require the intervention of institutions at the regional and sub-regional levels.

 

It is expected to involve ADR professionals and institutions across Africa to help to resolve cases such as trade, economic, social, political, electoral, governance, environmental and boundary disputes.

 

The AAAPP will offer a platform to enable ADR practitioners to contribute to free the continent from preventable conflicts.

 

Mr Austin Gamey, Chief Executive Officer of the Gamey and Gamey Group, who made the disclosure, said consultations and arrangements were underway for the establishment and launch of the association towards the end of next year.

 

Speaking at the closing session for the 2021 class of the Professional Executive Masters of ADR programme by the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute at Tema, Mr Gamey noted that the association would help to promote rapid development through collaborative relationships among nations, institutions, and citizens on the continent.

 

As one of the founders of the association, he explained that Africa needed to be freed from the many conflicts that hindered her development.

 

He said it was common knowledge that if leaders and citizens of the continent worked cooperatively to create the future today, it should be able to harness well over 3.5 trillion USD instead of having cup-in-hand looking for IMF bailout and bonds with all manner of strings attached, some of which devalued the dignity of the people of the continent.

 

When operational, he said the association would also assist regional and sub-regional Summit of Heads of State to engage in negotiations on regional matters without running into deadlocks, and assist the regional bodies to resolve disputes by facilitating mediation of disputes.

 

In addition, he said the association would offer support in the training of political and national leaders, and officials of regional bodies, and the enhancement of conflict resolution protocols of the regional institutions.

 

He congratulated the trainees, awaiting their graduation, on their successful participation on the programme, trusting that the skills gained would enable them to facilitate the resolution of disputes in all sectors across the country.

 

Nana Essilfua Tamakloe, the class president, who is the Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations at Absa Bank Ghana, giving her remarks, lauded the course content, describing it as highly impactful.

 

She said although they enrolled in the course with their different experiences as leaders from various fields, “the programme has created better versions of ourselves and better leaders of others.”

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Concerted efforts needed to rekindle societal values – VEEP

Accra,- Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, has said concerted efforts on the part of Ghanaians would be needed to rekindle the core societal values of the country.

 

“We need to work consciously on the nation’s value systems to enhance the moral temper of the country to help accelerate national development,” he said.

 

The Vice President, who was addressing the 76th graduation ceremony of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, said “our values are very important, and we should hold on to them.”

 

The ceremony, on the theme: “Faith-Based Education, Public Morality and Nation Building”, witnessed 217 students receiving various certificates and degrees.

 

Dr Bawumia said data showed that a majority of Ghanaians were religious and religion did not only have a profound influence on the country’s moral values and life, but also on the development of the country.

 

“This would yield the fruit of good citizens who actively participate in all public institutions for the common good,” he said, stressing that it would be an important complement to the economic and social initiatives being undertaken by the government to advance the nation.

 

He said, the country could build a distinct moral identity and constitute a reference point for people of other nations and endeavour, in public and private lives, to do what was morally right and eschewing what was morally evil.

 

He noted that a high sense of morality was a prerequisite of good citizenship and not material wealth, prosperity or religion was what citizens needed to build a good society.

 

Corruption, the Vice President reiterated, was one of the major moral cankers facing society, and said it was an issue political parties endlessly talked about but very little had been done about it in the past.

 

“We have killed people in the past and it has not worked. We have passed many laws and they have not been enforced. We have appealed to people’s sense of morality and it has not worked,” he emphasised, and stated that the government in addressing corruption, had put in place systems to eliminate it through digitalisation.

 

Prof Ato Essuman, Member, Council of State, said morality was the bedrock upon which society rested, adding that every society was structured on moral principles which implied an implicit undertaking of a social contract to observe those moral principles.

 

According to him the neglect of public morality in any society was diametrically opposed to that society’s development and growth, and said such society experienced injustice, instability, public corruption, social-disorder and many other vices that were inimical to its development.

 

He said the standard of public morality at any given time and place was very much influenced by the prevailing socio-economic and political environment as well as the solidity of traditional moral foundations, be those religious, professional or social ultimately geared societal transformation.

 

Prof Essuman, also the Dean, Faculty of Education and Entrepreneurship, Methodist University College of Ghana, added that: “We can transform the world by focusing on our own personal morality and transformation. It is only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.”

 

Touching on nation building, he said, it was a task that required efforts on the part of leaders and citizens, and particularly decried how some industries and organizations set up during the pre and post-independence era to advance the economic fortunes of the country had collapsed.

 

“Our mindsets affect our attitudes and behaviours and these affect our productivity and our capacity to operate at the optimal level,” he stressed.

 

He, therefore, proposed that faith-based education and the entire education system should focus, among others, on moral education, love for country, issues about integrity and service to change mindsets and bring attitudinal change among the citizenry.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Gwiraman Traditional Council and Stakeholders chart common developmental path

Bamiango(W/R),- The Gwiraman Traditional Council (GTC) has met stakeholders in the area to fashion out a strategic plan to spearhead the development of the area.

 

According to the Council, the area lagged in development which called for a concerted effort among all stakeholders.

 

The Paramount Chief of the Gwiraman Traditional Council, Awulae Angama Tu-agyan II said this at a meeting with the traditional council and stakeholders such as the Member of Parliament, Municipal Chief Executive, Bankers, Mining Companies, school authorities among others at Bamiango in the Nzema-East Municipality of the Western Region.

 

Awulae Angama Tu-agyan II advised the chiefs, MP, MCE, and the community to put the past behind them and forge ahead in unity despite their political lineages.

 

He told the meeting that the politics of NDC and NPP would not in any way help the development of the area and stressed the need to bury their differences once elections were over.

 

Touching on the four thematic developmental touch-points, Awulae Tu-agyan II mentioned education, health, roads, and telecommunication network militating against the well-being and development of the area.

 

He appealed to the MCE and MP to unite and assist him to develop the area and tasked all his subjects to actively involve themselves in the developmental agenda of the area.

 

Awulae Tu-agyan II also appealed to the Council and other stakeholders to assist in the establishment of model schools, health centers, mobile communication networks and improve roads in the communities.

 

The Member of Parliament for Evaloe-Adjomoro Gwira, Mr.Kofi Arko Nokoe thanked Awulae and the traditional council for bringing all stakeholders together to foster unity, love, and peace to pave way for development and called for more interactive sessions.

 

Mr Arko Nokoe said despite his party differences, he has teamed up with the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) to give peace and development a chance.

 

The MP said he was working around the clock to put the road network in good shape and see to the proper construction of their major bridge linking other communities.

 

The MP said he was in constant touch with telecommunication mobile network to erect masts in the communities to improve upon mobile phones network.

 

He pledged to continue all projects started by the previous MP and suggested that the council should award chiefs who pushed for development in their communities.

 

The MP pledged 25 bags of cement towards the completion of the chief’s palace.

 

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Nzema-East Madam Elizabeth Dorcas Amoah told the traditional council that she was yet to tour the entire Municipality to meet traditional rulers to ascertain problems facing the communities.

 

She assured the traditional council of developmental projects such as the

 

establishment of a market complex at Bamiango and a Police station at Banso, among others.

 

The MCE pledged 50 bags of cement towards the completion of the chief’s palace.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Queen Mothers are worthy ambassadors for socio-economic transformation – Bono Minister

Sunyani,– Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister says Paramount Queen Mothers are powerful tools for women’s empowerment to bring about social and economic transformation in their communities and the country at large.

 

She said Queen Mothers had become worthy ambassadors and advocates for women empowerment and campaigners for the abolishment of cultural practices, which were inimical to the society’s progress.

 

Madam Owusu-Banahene was speaking at the opening of the first annual conference and workshop organised by the Bono Paramount Queen Mothers’ Association in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) for members and their colleagues from the Bono East Regions in Sunyani.

 

The two-day programme, also participated by six representatives from the National Queen Mothers Platform was aimed at equipping the participants with mediation skills to better position better to effectively adjudicate disputes amicably through the process of mediation in their traditional areas to promote peace and progress.

 

The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) with major objectives, which include, “promoting the participation in local politics, particularly in the framework of the decentralisation process”, “promoting the effective integration of traditional structures into the modern state administration for meaningful development at local (district) level” and “creating a legal environment where citizens can be sure of their rights and promoting gender equality as a cross-cutting task”.

 

Madam Owusu-Banahene stated the government had recognised the key role Queen Mothers played in the nation’s democratic governance and would therefore continue to engage them on several fronts for them to take their rightful place (s) in the country.

 

She observed the collaboration between the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Paramount Queen Mothers to build their capacities to enable them to play key roles in, particularly advocacy for women empowerment would boost women participation in Ghana’s democratic governance.

 

Madam Owusu-Banahene urged the Paramount Queen Mothers to use their influence to garner support for women already in democratic and institutional governance and also encourage more to take the bold step of participation to spearhead the interest of women, children, and the vulnerable in the society.

 

Nana Yaa Ansua, the Paramount Queen Mother of Drobo Traditional Area, Jama South Municipality, and President of the Bono Queen Mothers Association indicated earlier in a welcoming address that by their positions they were not only mothers but also role models to females in their communities.

 

Hence, she stressed the onus lied on them to be mediators and peacemakers coupled with other roles as advocates and women empowerment campaigners to facilitate the advancement of their communities.

 

The programme was also addressed by Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area and President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, Mr. Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, Deputy Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, and Dr Arne Wulff, the Resident Representative of the KAS, Ghana Office.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

True democracy can only be realised in a peaceful environment – NCCE

Gwollu (U/W),– Chief Abu Nuru, the Upper West Regional Programmes Officer of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has stated that true democracy as prescribed by the 1992 Constitution can only be realised in a peaceful environment.

 

Gwollu (U/W),– Chief Abu Nuru, the Upper West Regional

 

Programmes Officer of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has stated that true democracy as prescribed by the 1992 Constitution can only be realised in a peaceful environment.

 

He therefore entreated political parties to get involved in protecting and safeguarding the country’s hard earned democratic credentials by promoting peace and social cohesion.

 

Chief Abu Nuru stated this in Gwollu in the Sissala West District while delivering a speech on the topic “Peace and security as cornerstones for national development” at the District Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) meeting organised by the NCCE with sponsorship from the European Union (EU).

 

He admonished the Committee members to endeavour to collaborate with relevant agencies to identify criminals within the society as well as protect the borders of the country.

 

“When there is peace, security and social cohesion, residents will be able to lobby for development projects through a united force, harness local resources to initiate and execute development programmes, support local government structures such as District Assembly to perform their roles effectively and attract investors through local festivals,” he said.

 

The Regional Programmes Officer urged participants to allow the rule of law to prevail, use acceptable channels and mechanisms including Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) to address grievances and avoid discrimination of all forms.

 

He further entreated government, security agencies and local authorities to always identify and address underlying causes of conflicts before they escalate.

 

Mr Mustapha Iddrisu, the Sissala West District Director of NCCE, said the IPDC meeting formed part of the NCCE’s Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana (NORPROVSEC) project, being implemented to fight against transnational organized crime

 

while promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law.

 

He said the IPDC meeting was a continuation of the project under the theme: “Empowering Ghanaians to Stand for National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation”, which was aimed at creating avenue for political parties and other stakeholders to dialogue on the collective responsibility of ensuring national cohesion and inclusiveness.

 

He said it would also help address the tension being created by activities of violent extremist groups and a likely spill over in Ghana.

 

Mr Iddrisu said the meeting would also enable stakeholders to identify early warning signals of violent extremist’s activities through strengthening community surveillance and putting measures in place to effectively counter radicalization of the Ghanaian youth.

 

He said the Commission recognised political parties as important stakeholders in preventing electoral violence and promoting tolerance and national cohesion since they have influence and control over the activities of some of their teeming supporters especially the youth.

 

He therefore urged participants to view issues of national security as a responsibility of all citizens and endeavour to involve themselves in strengthening the peace and security architecture of the country.

 

Participants were taken through the Frame Work for Countering Violent Extremism, National Security Strategy and peace and security as cornerstones for national development.

 

A short video on activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria was also screened for participants to appreciate the negative consequences of violence and extremism on the lives of citizens of that country.

 

In a joint statement issued at the end of the engagement, political parties indicated that the programme had deepened their quest to promote peace and national cohesion and therefore, pledged to educate their supporters especially the youth on the need for peaceful coexistence.

 

They further pledged to sensitize them to be wary of external influences from individuals, organizations and institutions that may want to destabilize the country.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Community expresses gratitude to NGANE- USA for support

Zuarungu (U/E),– The Chief and people of the Nungu Daborin-Zuarungu, a community in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region, have expressed gratitude to the Northern Ghana Association of New England – United States of America (NGANE-USA) for supporting them with a borehole.

 

Members of the community, especially women and children, hitherto walked distances to nearby communities with boreholes to fetch water for their daily activities, which sometimes led to crowds and petty quarrels amongst them at the few boreholes.

 

This, according to Mr Clement Atakimah Atinga, the Assembly Member for the area, also accounted for lateness among pupils in basic schools and loss of contact hours, “Some pupils often returned from their search for water very late and cannot go to school.

 

“Now that we have water here, it will help us and our animals, because there is no dam near here for the animals to drink from, so we are very happy for this borehole,” the Assembly Member told journalists after the borehole was commissioned.

 

Naba Denis Baba Asaduku III, the Chief of the community, also expressed gratitude to the NGANE-USA for the support and called on the community members to take proper care of the borehole to achieve its desired purpose.

 

Dr Valerian Nakaar, President of the NGANE-USA, in a speech delivered on his behalf, said the NGANE-USA was an Association of Ghanaians from Northern Ghana living in the USA, who had over the years provided support to deprived communities in the educational, agricultural and health sectors.

 

He said “One of the objectives of the Association is to help accelerate development in our communities at home in any way we can,” adding that “One of the areas closest to our hearts is the provision of potable water to deprived communities.”

 

On the choice of the Nungu Daborin-Zuarungu as the beneficiary community, the Association’s President said the people of the area were privileged to have Madam Vivian Adombiri-Naba, through whom the Association selected the community.

 

He told the community members that the efforts of Madam Adombiri-Naba helped to coordinate the execution of the entire project valued at about GHC150,000.00.

 

“NGANE is therefore honoured to present to the people of Nungu Daborin-Zuarungu a source of clean drinking water in the hope that this little project will go a long way to improve the health and quality of lives of the people of Nungu Daborin-Zuarungu,” he said.

 

Dr Nakaar said it was the expectation of the NGANE-USA that the people of Nungu Daborin-Zuarungu would collectively take good care of the borehole so that it would serve their water needs for a long time.

 

“We are convinced that the people of this community will claim this project as their own and be good caretakers of the borehole. Should you prove to be good stewards, it will go a long way to attracting other developmental initiatives from NGANE,” the Association’s President said.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency