Reverend Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, Chairman, National Peace Council (NPC), has touted Ghana’s rank as second most peaceful country in sub-Saharan Africa as a great achievement.
He has therefore encouraged Ghanaians to continue on the path of using dialogue to settle disputes that arose within the nation.
Ghana has been ranked as the second most peaceful country in Sub-Saharan African and 38th most peaceful in the world, according to the 2021 Global Peace Index (GPI).
With an overall score of 1.715, Ghana is placed just one step behind Mauritius who remains the most peaceful country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Thursday, the Chairman lauded citizens for always finding peaceful means to settle their differences, adding that, this was the reason for which Ghana continued to enjoy an enviable state of peacefulness.
“I think we have developed as a country to learn to build consensus, sometimes, you notice that there is a lot of tension and Ghanaians are able to sit down to talk through our challenges.
“Despite all the challenges that we all do have, once we sit down to talk, we are able to find some solutions to the challenges that we have and this is what I believe we should all encourage across all the spectrum of our country, that people will learn to sit down to dialogue and find solutions to challenges that we have,” he said.
Rev Adu-Gyamfi said Ghana’s current rank on the GPI was an encouragement, first to the NPC and secondly, the nation as a whole.
He noted that most countries in the sub-region faced several challenges that undermined peace and stability within them, as such, Ghanaians should not take the peace being enjoyed lightly.
“Sometimes when you are within a country, you don’t seem to appreciate the kind of peace you have until you move across the sub-regions to see what is happening elsewhere, and for us to enjoy such stability and the development that we have had as a country, this is quite an encouragement.
“I think that all peace loving people in the country should look at this as a great achievement for us as Ghanaians and for us to continue to promote the needed peace in our country,” he said.
He called for the strengthening of various structures within the country, ranging from the Judiciary, the NPC and all Civil Society Organisations which had a responsibility in maintaining Ghana’s peace.
He advised Ghanaians to continue living in peace and eschew all forms of acts that would generate violence.
“My advice is that, we should continue to live in peace, continue to see ourselves as brothers and sisters living in one country, this is all that we have.
Sometimes it appears that the party lines appear to be dividing us but at the end of the day, all of us are seeking for the good of our country.”
“So once we sit down to talk, we should find the solutions to the challenges and move forward as a country. We have only one Ghana, we have no other place, therefore, let us maintain the peace that we have to continue with our economic development.” he advised.