The National Commission of Civic Education has revealed that high levels of corruption, economic mismanagement, and unequal distribution of state resources are among the factors leading the country a step closer to violent extremism.
The commission indicated that under its 2021 report, all the factors fueling violence and extremism in the Sahel regions, especially in Burkina Faso, were not immune to Ghana.
“Research we conducted in 2021 revealed that Ghana is not immune from violent extremism because all the factors that are giving rise to violence in our neighbouring countries are all present here in Ghana. Talking about, high levels of corruption among governments, economic mismanagement, youth unemployment, and the rest are here.”
Upper East Regional Director of the Commission, Mawuli Agbenu, made this known at a peacebuilding forum organised by A1 Radio in collaboration with the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organisation. The aim was to foster peace and stability in the Upper East Region.
Touching on some of the recent cases involving nomadic Fulani herdsmen and some community members in the Bongo Community in the Upper East Region, the regional commissioner noted that the country ought to hold a series of dialogs among these people as some of them do not understand the ECOWAS protocols
“The most focal point as a country we need to do is to have series of dialogues with the nomadic Fulani herdsmen. These transhumans, as I prefer to call them, do not understand some of the ECOWAS protocols and often have problems with local farmers which sometimes if care is not taken that could lead to violence and they are everywhere in West Africa. So, we need to have a series of dialogues in that regard.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana