The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has noted with concern the seeming tension and emerging threats of acts of violence in certain parts of the country following the announcement of capital towns for the newly created regions by the President.
The Commission has therefore called for calm and tolerance among the people.
A statement from the NCCE reminds Ghanaians, particularly, the youth in the newly created regions that violence, intolerance and disregard for the rule of law has no place in the country’s democratic space and it is unacceptable in any modern democracy.
Citizens must uphold and safeguard the rule of law for the protection and preservation of fundamental human rights and freedoms as well as peace, unity, cohesion and stability of the country.
The Commission therefore urged all persons who have concerns with the selection of towns as capitals of the newly created regions to respect the Constitutional mandate of the President and use due processes to air their grievances in order to maintain the peace of the country.
The statement added hat persons in the affected regions are encouraged to join hands with the government to ensure development of their regions and the entire country in order not to defeat the purpose of creating the regions.
Also, the NCCE reiterates the need for chiefs, opinion leaders and stakeholders in the affected regions to be circumspect in their utterances and desist from making pronouncements that have the potential to inflame passions.
Persons in towns selected as regional capitals are advised to jubilate in moderation whilst respecting the rights of others.