The Afadzato South District Director, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mrs. Ellen A. Amankwa, has stated that political parties have a crucial role to play in forging national cohesion, peace, and security.
She stressed the need to reinforce the role of political parties as key stakeholders for ensuring peace and security in the country.
Addressing participants during an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) meeting at Ve Golokuati, Mrs. Amankwa noted that the Commission and the National Security Ministry had implemented a series of activities in the district to promote vigilance and protect it against violent extremism and aggressiveness.
The meeting was on the theme: “Empowering Ghanaians to stand for National Cohesion and Inclusive Participation.”
Mrs. Amankwa said the implemented activities were due to threats to Ghana’s internal security and national cohesion emanating from socio-economic and cultural grievances, poverty, unemployment, religious tensions, marginalization, and inequality.
She said there was the need to also deepen the existing collaboration between the NCCE, political parties, the youth, security agencies, District Assemblies, traditional authorities, civil societies, and community leaders towards ensuring peace nationwide.
Mrs. Amankwa said the participants needed to dialogue on inter and political party grievances and urged them to make good use of the outcomes of the meeting.
A representative from the National Security Ministry, Mr. Justice Mensah, said there was a need for unity among all political parties, religious bodies, and youth groups.
He said issues of violent extremism were recorded in neighboring countries, which called for vigilance and unity to deal with any such issues in the country.
Mr. Mensah said parents must be vigilant and watch the actions of their wards and the groups they associated with, how they dressed, and the kind of words they spoke.
The Afadzato South District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr. Alex Cosmos, noted that grievances expressed by people must be addressed and not shelved since they could degenerate into conflicts.
“Without peace, we cannot have national cohesion. That is why we keep talking about peace all the time. It is not easy to have peace and we do not use the money to buy peace,” he stated.
He urged the participants to live peacefully and in harmony with one another and urged them to learn to resolve issues outside the courts, especially through mediation, arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
The Afadzato South District Coordinating Director, Mr. Fabian Vorvor, said the assembly was ready to support the district’s IPDC and called on the participants to always ensure peace.