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Ghana Is Sitting On A Time Bomb

2006-09-20 20:08:00
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At the time Government is spending close to three billion cedis a month on the Dagbon crisis, the state is impregnated with pockets of what look like another Dagbon in the making. Startling and jaw-dropping information The Heritage has picked up within the corridors of the National Security ministry, barely three weeks ago, indicates that Ghana is not a safe state.

Information suggests that there are about 300 trouble zones that could explode in the mould of the irrepressible Dagbon crisis that rocked Northern Ghana and indeed, the country as a whole. The volatile areas that could plunge the nation into bedlam, information indicates, include Sefwi-Bekwa, Wa, some areas in the Volta Region (Peki-Tsito conflict, Nkonya-Alavanyo) and of course, Dagbon. Some of the key reasons that have been identified as the trigger factors to this impulsive situation are: Chieftaincy disputes, ethnic clashes (inter and intra-ethnic and land disputes.

Andrew Atta-Asamoah, a officer of the Centre of Security Studies, in an interview on Monday stated that, indeed, there are trouble zones in some parts of the country that could plunge the nation into chaos. He cited the chaos that ensues annually when traditionalist Gas and Christians wrangle over the one month ban on noise making. Mr Atta-Asamoah says this is one of the numerous isolated cases that could erupt anytime. “In every conflict, there is a peculiar problem to it.

There are trigger-factors that are associated with these conflicts. Our research has shown that, for instance, in chieftaincy matters, we have the elite who take the opportunity to exploit the situation,” he said. Documentary evidence shown by the security expert indicated that the Yendi crisis in the Dagbon Traditional Area has been in existence since 1969 and was as a result of chieftaincy dispute.

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