National Peace Council cautions against polarized environment on religious and ethnic lines

The National Peace Council has expressed concern about political and religious polarization rearing its head in the country.

According to the Council, political, religious and ethnic polarization have the potential of leading to a national crisis, hence the need for all Ghanaians not to be complacent in dealing with the issue.

These concerns were put across at a three-day Capacity Building Workshop for staff of the National Peace Council in Kumasi.

The Capacity Building Workshop, being sponsored by Danish International Development Agency, DANIDA, was attended by staff of the National Peace Council from Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East regions.

It is to equip them with the requisite knowledge and skills to excel in managing programmes and projects and the preparation of reports.

The National Peace Council Act mandates the Council to facilitate and develop mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution, and build sustainable peace in the country.

It is in line with these objectives that the capacity-building workshop was organized. A member of Ashanti Regional Peace Council, Dr. Ustaz Ahmed Seidu said recent events in the country have exposed the fragility of national peace and stability.

The Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, Mr. George Amoh noted with concern, the threat of political, religious and ethnic polarization to national peace and stability and emphasized the need for all Ghanaians not to be complacent in dealing with the issue.

Mr. Amoh announced that Ghana was ranked the most peaceful country in West Africa and third on the continent in the 2020 Global Peace Index report.

He said in 2019, Ghana obtained the same position in the sub-region, but has improved one step further on the continent as it placed fourth two years ago. Mr. Amoh also announced that the National Peace Council is celebrating 10 years since its establishment this year.

Story filed by Razak Baba

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