Peace Council sensitizes MMDCEs on conflict management in BA
The National Peace Council (NPC) have held a sensitization workshop with Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Brong Ahafo Region on early warning and conflict response mechanisms to improve their capacity and Members of Parliament (MPs) to deal with and speak on conflict issues from informed position to enhance peace in their jurisdictions.
Date Created : 7/26/2018 4:49:49 AM : Story Author : Imoro Ayibani/Ghanadistricts.com
The essence of the workshop was to enhance the capacity of MPs and MMDCEs to identify early warning conflict signs for the necessary responses to be given by the District Security Committees (DISECs) as well as seek the support of Parliament and MMDCEs for peace building and explore ways of addressing some conflicts in the country. The sensitization workshop was attended by all the 27 M/DCEs in the region including heads of departments and the security agencies.
Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister in his welcome said the workshop was important to the MMDCE’S who chairs the Districts Security Committees (DIEC/MUSEC) or Municipal Security Committees to enhance their knowledge in conflict management.
BA Regional Minister, Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darku, MMDCEs, et al in pictures at the workshop
He observed that ‘it was not where one picked up a cutlass to cut another person or the other that was conflict’, but rather that issues of galamsey, Fulani menace, chieftaincy, amongst other were all conflict which need to be dealt with before they occur.
On conflict flashpoints in the region, the Minister cited Asunafo North and South, Kintampo North and South, Sene East and West, Tain, Banda and Wenchi. He expressed worry of insecurity situation in some parts of the region, particularly Asunafo North and South, where politicians, religious leaders and some residents, including security personnel, had been attacked and injured while lives and property had also been destroyed.
Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darku, Member of Governing Board of NPC delivering in his address
The Regional Minister entreated the MMDCEs to take the workshop seriously to help them acquire the requisite knowledge on how to identify early warning signs, negotiate, engage and dialogue with stakeholders towards preventing or resolving conflicts in their districts.
Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darku, a member of the governing board of NPC in his welcome address said the Council will continue to raise awareness about the use of non-violent strategies in response to conflicts through networking, coordination and campaigning in partnership with other development actors to ensure peace in the country.
Mr. Abdulla Sualla, the Regional Secretary of Peace Council for Brong Ahafo Region
Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo noted that engagement with the MMDCEs would make it possible for them to develop the appropriate mechanisms needed to respond to potential or real conflicts in the country. “This would make it possible for all Regional Peace Councils undertake public outreach and community relations activity meant to promote social cohesion whiles the National Board coordinate, supervises and monitor peace building”, he emphasized.
Mr. Abdulla Sualla Quanda, the Regional Secretary of Peace Council for Brong Ahafo Region enumerated conflict flash points in the Region to include Asunafo North and South, Sene East West and Kintampo. He noted that the presence of their M/DCEs at the workshop would help equip them to enumerate possible conflict issues and apply the necessary conflict resolution measures in dealing with them.
Dr Osei Kuffour, the facilitator making presentation at the workshop
Dr Patrick Osei-Kuffour, the facilitator for the workshop cautioned the MMDCES to refer incidents which were above their capacity to the appropriate quarters for redress.