National Cohesion and Peacebuilding is a shared Responsibility- Upper West Regional Deputy Director of NCCE

The Upper West Regional Deputy Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has made a bold call for all stakeholders including local community members and youth to prioritize the call to be part of nation-building and civic responsibility.

He was speaking as part of his monitoring activities of the ongoing NORPREVSEC project which is funded by the European Union on violent extremism and Peacebuilding. The One day program was organized by the NCCE in the Daffiama-Bussia-Issa District of the Upper West Region.

Mr. John Yibile bemoaned that the increasing threats of religious extremists in the sub- Region imply that Ghana is more vulnerable than before. He indicated it is not only the duty of the government and the police service to fight crime or extremism; rather a duty of everyone to be part of the process. He further underscored the need for citizens to help report crimes and participate fully in peacebuilding and community development initiatives. To him, he believed will contribute to enhancing peace and nation-building.

He noted in a multiply party democracy politics is best described as a contest of ideas and for that matter there increasing trend of political bigotry is leading to extremism.

Mr. further appealed to state actors to safeguard the 1992 constitution as article 35 (5) calls for fostering of national unity devoid of discrimination against any citizens on political, religious, ethnic, and social class.

He further stressed that there would be no Ghana if all citizens perished. He indicated Ghana needs to build independent and strong institutions devoid of non-partisanship and religious and ethnic discrimination.

He concluded by charging participants to foster tolerance and be more conscious of civil responsibility.

Filed by

Tahiru Lukman

Pan- African Author & Activist

Tel: +233 (0) 209154057

Email: lukmantahiru@rocketmail.com

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