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Tensions have gone down in Bawku; positive behaviour of residents to be rewarded – UE Regional Minister

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The Upper East Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, has commended the people of Bawku for their conscious efforts towards community building.

According to Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, who doubles as Chairman of the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC), there have been no incidents in the last 3 months, a signal that the people of the area are committed to ensuring that normalcy returns.

“Normalcy has not returned yet; however, tensions have gone down to the extent that the two divides in Bawku are now able to cross to each other’s territories. People are able to travel without military or police escorts. I was told that my brothers and sisters of the Islamic faith, when they were having their Eid, were able to come from the hinterlands to Bawku to pray, something that they have not experienced in a long while. For me, I believe our efforts are yielding the needed results.”

“Just as we punish people when they go wrong, when people conduct themselves well, they need to be rewarded,” he said.

In an exclusive interview with Mark Smith on the Daybreak Upper East show on A1 Radio, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih emphasized the significance of Bawku in regional discussions, stating, “There cannot be interactions without Bawku being mentioned.”

One notable outcome of the improved security situation is the relaxation of travel restrictions. He stated that people can now travel without being escorted by security officers.

Additionally, REGSEC, he said, has made recommendations for the relaxation of curfew hours.

Dr. Bin Salih announced plans to restore the use of motorbikes under a structured framework. The minister also addressed the issue of banned radio stations. He confirmed banned radio stations will be allowed to continue their work under the guidance of stakeholders to ensure that the media platforms are not used to inflame passions.

Dr. Salih also called upon residents to actively demonstrate their commitment to sustaining peace and harmony in the region. “Residents must demonstrate that they want peace,” he urged, highlighting the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in maintaining stability and fostering inclusive development.

He further stressed the importance of proactive communication in showcasing the region’s progress. “We must let people know out there that there’s peace and harmony in the region,” he emphasized, signaling a concerted effort to promote the Upper East Region as a beacon of peace and socio-economic opportunity.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih said he remains committed to engaging stakeholders, implementing inclusive policies, and ensuring that the dividends of peace are enjoyed by all residents of the Upper East Region.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|Gifty Eyram Kudiabor|Bolgatanga|

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