Members and stakeholders serving on the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace (BIEPC) Committee are putting in strategic measures to roll out a peace map that will promote lasting peace in Bawku and its environs.
The committee, as part of its efforts in sustaining the peace being enjoyed in the area, would soon embark on a “final blood collection” to purify the land to foster peaceful coexistence among the people.
The “final blood collection” is an exercise where the landlords go round the communities involved in the conflicts and perform using animals for pacify the gods.”
Mr Shaibu Abubakar Manager at Belin Wusa Development Agency (BEWDA) disclosed this at a day’s stakeholders engagement meeting organized by (BEWDA) with funding support from the Star-Ghana Foundation.
The engagement, which was attended by stakeholders including members of the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee (BIEPC), security Agencies, traditional and religious leaders, heads of decentralized departments and the media was to deliberated on the need to solicit support, collaborate and network to sustain the peace in the area.
Mr Abubakar noted that the meeting was to enhance relationship among stakeholders including the BIEPC, the Security, the Assemblies and religious bodies, among others as part of efforts to sustain the peace.
He hinted that the meetings would continue with political parties, students from second circle institutions, women and the youth and said these groups were more proactive at conflict engagements.
He pointed out that the committee would continue to sensitize members of the public on the need for peaceful co-existence and hold engagements with organizers of traditional festivals by the various ethnic groups and said they were grounds for renewed conflict in the area.
Mr Abubakar urged the participants to see the need to sustain the peace being enjoyed in the area and collaborate to make Bawku once again, an environment for peaceful co-existence.
Mr Bawa Iddirisu Ababakari member of the BIEC and Chairman for the Bawku Municipal Assembly Finance and Administration committee in a presentation noted that the committee would further require an amount of 50,605 Ghana Cedis to carry out activities including the “blood cleansing” in the area.
The committee chair indicated that aside the above amount, the committee would need a top up amount of about 73,105.00 Ghana Ceids to cover preparatory activities including visit to communities to identify abandoned farmlands, engagements with community leaders among others.
He said the burial of the “okro stick” would be another paramount traditional event that would be carried out to ensure that there was peace particularly after a violent conflict.
The Chairman explained that the strategic objectivities of these activities was to sustain the current peace, promote free movement of people across the length and breadth of the traditional area and to allow citizens to patronize the Bawku central market without fear and panic.
The committee members called on the residents in the Bawku Municipality and its environs, especially the two feuding factions to collaborate with the committee to sustain the peace being enjoyed in the area, adding that, peace was a good tool for national development.