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Violence Linked to Inadequate Policy Framework

2008-06-27 20:11:43
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The Christian Council of Ghana has observed that inadequate policy framework for a peaceful resolution of conflicts is the cause of the "cycle of conflicts" in the country.

"Though the damage and loss as a result of conflicts have lingering consequences that polarise communities, drive a wedge of division and hatred among individuals, there has not been adequate policy framework to manage and transform conflicts in the country," the Council said.

Northern Sector Coordinator of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Mr James Nahyi, made the observation at a day’s sensitisation workshop on: "Peace Education on non-violence response to conflicts in the wake of the 2008 general election", in Tamale, on Thursday.

The CCG is taking critical initiatives that would inform and equip the people of Dagbon to respond non-violently to issues that could arise before, during and after the polls.

The workshop was also to expose participants to practical skills, useful for peace building in conflicts with a critical understanding of potential roles community leaders could play to avert such situations.

About 60 participants, comprising political party executives, the youth, chiefs, religious bodies, traditional authorities, women opinion leaders, representatives of butchers and the league of youth associations from the seven districts covering the Dagbon area in the Northern Region, attended the forum.

Mr Nahyi said it was necessary for parties to use broad-based approach in tackling conflicts, particularly in the three Northern Regions, to disabuse the minds of the people that the government of the day had interest in such situations.

He said many of the conflicts had been politicised and had tended to polarise the country.

He cited the Abudu and Andani conflict of Dagbon, which he said had a perceived linkage of the two major political parties in the country, making it difficult to resolve the chieftaincy crisis.

He appealed to the government, civil society organisations and other development partners to adopt proactive measures to help prevent any conflict in the country before, during and after the elections to foster national cohesion.


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