WACCE Expands its Program on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in Ghana
Tamale, November 21, 2018.
West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism (WACCE) has begun another two-day capacity building workshop in Tamale to train 120 selected youth from the three regions of Northern Ghana on conflict resolution and peace building as part of its programs on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in Ghana. The participants, young men and women, have been carefully assembled from the conflicts zones of Northern Ghana to participate in this workshop to serve as peace Ambassadors in their respective communities.
WACCE’s Executive Director, Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, at the official launch bemoaned the recurrent chieftaincy, land and other related conflicts that have inundated Northern Ghana over the years. “Chieftaincy and ethnic violence remain the single biggest source of insecurity, instability and fatality in Ghana.” He noted with deep concern that the youth have always been the front-runners in the wake of conflicts and urged the participants to educate their peers on the importance of peaceful coexistence.
“Ghana’s most valuable trademark is peace and political stability. Participants are expected to serve as effective peace ambassadors to enable them to contribute significantly towards building a resilient youth front for sustainable peace in their various communities.” He added that “The training is expected to empower participants to contribute and lead initiatives, serving as leading voices for the amplification of narratives that are supportive of peace.”
Mutaru Mumuni said WACCE was committed to partnering with government and international bodies to douse the numerous conflicts in Ghana.
Highlighting the present security challenges in the country, he indicated that Ghana is currently bedeviled with over 352 unresolved conflicts nationwide. ”The incessant Bawku inter-ethnic conflict, the Dagbang and Bimbila chieftaincy crises, Nakpanduri, and Nkonya-alavanyo and other deadly conflicts in the past two decades have claimed several lives involving the youth as both victims and perpetrators.”
The Public Affairs Director of the US Embassy in Ghana, Maya Parker, commended WACCE for its forethought and commitment to peace and stability of the West Africa region.
She indicated that ”Empowering the youth to lead peace advocacy is critical to the development of the nation.”
“The US government has long-standing good bilateral relations with the people and the government of Ghana and our focus has been how to strengthen that relationship.”
Maya Parker said the United States government would continue to support Ghana in the areas of improving economic stability, peace and security and good governance.
The chief of Tamale, Naa Dakpema Dawuni Alhassan and other traditional leaders, the clergy and concerned bodies graced the workshop.