Let’s work together for peace in Bawku – VP Bawumia

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All parties involved in the Bawku conflict have been urged by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to work together with the government and other important stakeholders to find solutions to any problems impeding the peace and development of the region.

On May 31, 2023, in Bolgatanga, Dr. Bawumia addressed the Chiefs, Queenmothers, and residents of the Upper East Region. He emphasized his distress over the attacks, casualties, and lax security in the Bawku area, which have had a severe effect on not only the local community but the entire country.

“As a son of the soil, my heart breaks about what is happening in Bawku. The conflict in Bawku is very unfortunate because we are really one people, and we should be together, and not fighting. And so I hope that the initiatives that Government has initiated through the House of Chiefs and the Otumfuo that is ongoing will help us to bring lasting peace to the Bawku area and therefore help us develop our part of the country, because conflict leads to poverty and that has been shown very clearly,” he stated.

“For us on the part of Government, we understand that to prevent conflict and to enhance peace, we have to make sure that development in Ghana is inclusive. Everybody must feel a part of the development that we see in the country. When people are excluded, they are more susceptible to extremist ideas,” the vice president said.

When commissioning the extensively renovated offices of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs at Bolgatanga, Vice President Bawumia made the appeal for peace and prosperity alongside the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Virginia Palmer, and the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng.

Dr. Bawumia urged Chiefs to assist the government in achieving long-term peace, noting that many crises in the nation have their origins in Chieftaincy issues.

Chieftaincy-related issues have been the government’s biggest problem in terms of security. The limited resources that could have been used for other fundamental developmental projects are being wasted.

“Peace they say is a sine-qua-non to development. There is therefore the need for more collaborative efforts to step up our game towards prevention and control of conflicts. We in this part of the country are already vulnerable and what is happening across the (Burkina Faso) border puts us in a more precarious situation.
“For us on the part of Government, we understand that to prevent conflict and to enhance peace, we have to make sure that development in Ghana is inclusive. Everybody must feel a part of the development that we see in the country. When people are excluded, they are more susceptible to extremist ideas,” he noted.

Despite the challenges, Dr Bawumia assured of Government’s continued support for the Chieftaincy institution, emphasizing that the NPP and its tradition have always held the institution of Chieftaincy in very high esteem, evidenced in the recognition of Chieftaincy as part of the central government structures by the K A Busia administration in 1971.

“In the current 4th republican dispensation the NPP government under Presidents J.A. Kufuor and Akufo-Addo also created the Ministry for Chieftaincy just like any other sector of the country. All the legislative frameworks were enacted during our tenure.

“The current Minister, Hon Stephen Asamoah Boateng has started well and he will need your wise counsel and cooperation to make the institution more productive and development-oriented.”

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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