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The National Union of Kusasi Students (NUKS) has expressed worry about the escalating social unrest in the Bawku Municipality and its environs following the struggle for the ownership of the land.
The Union has therefore called on the government, stakeholders and all concern groups to devise pragmatic and diplomatic means to find a lasting solution to the problem.
This was contained in a press release signed by John Awuni Ndebugri and Franklin Azubilla, president and public relations officer, respectively.
The release appealed to both Kusasis and Mamprusis involved in the conflict to “give peace a chance” in the interest of peace and development.
NUKS was particularly worried about the rampant killing of people, burning of houses and other property, as well as the cost of maintaining peace which could have been channelled into development projects to improve livelihood in Bawku and its surrounding communities.
It said Bawku, which was once a major sub-regional commercial centre, was gradually losing that status due to the prolonged conflict.
Socio-economic activities are declining while professionals such as teachers and medical personnel continue to leave as a result of the conflict, the release said.
It indicated that although the Bawku area had fertile land and was endowed with rich mineral deposit especially gold, no investor would have the zeal to invest there due to the intermittent conflict in the area.
NUKS was worried that despite an appeal by President John Agyekum Kufuor to the Kusasis and Mamprusis to stop fighting and make peace, both factions seemed not to pay any heed.