The Chief Director at the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Mahamadu Azonko, has called on the people of the Upper East Region to seek peace for the development of the area.
According to him, there cannot be development if people keep on fighting amongst themselves in the various communities.
Speaking at a regional stakeholders’ dialogue on conflict, security and stability program organized by Star-Ghana and partners in Bolgatanga, Alhaji Azonko, noted that the region for some time has witnessed some forms of conflicts which somewhat contributed to the stagnation in the development of the region.
“The region for some time has witnessed destabilization amongst groups; some, over land issues and others for chieftaincy. I must say, without peace, there will not be development. I called that we should all seek peace for our growth as a region.”
Alhaji Azonko also called on chiefs, political actors, and institutions such as Star-Ghana Foundation to help in finding a lasting solution to ending conflicts in the region.
Star-Ghana Foundation, and its partners, the Northern Development Authority, Northern Development Forum, and the National Peace Council seek to develop a roadmap for coordinated advocacy on peace, security, and stability in the five regions of the North.
The Project Manager of Star-Ghana, Muminu Mutaru noted that the output of the regional dialogue is aimed at laying a foundation for more holistic and inclusive actions by state and non-state actors.
“We seek to convene series of regional and national dialogues to offer space for stakeholders reflections on the drivers of conflicts in northern Ghana; to catalyze efforts at addressing the underlying causes of conflicts and insecurity.”
The project, Conflict Security and Stability Fund (CSSF), Mr. Mutaru noted, was a two-month pilot project and being implemented with a grant from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the government of the United Kingdom.
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