Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, Northern Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has called on the citizenry to adopt culture of tolerance to guarantee peace and unity in the country.
He said it was necessary for the citizenry to tolerate each other’s views irrespective of one’s religious, political or ethnic affiliations to help foster peaceful coexistence.
He was speaking at an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee meeting, organised by the Yendi Municipal Directorate of the NCCE at Yendi.
The meeting was organised as part of the NCCE’s Preventing Electoral Violence and Providing Security to the Northern Border Regions of Ghana project being funded by the European Union (EU).
Alhaji Saani, who spoke on the national security strategy and national framework for countering violent extremism and terrorism in Ghana, encouraged members of the public to be vigilant and alert in their communities, and report suspicious characters to the appropriate authorities for immediate actions.
He urged all to be law abiding, cooperate with the security agencies and assist with information about criminal activities to help protect their lives and property.
He called on members of the Committee to deepen their advocacy on preventing violent extremism and radicalism among the youth to help accelerate growth and development in the country.
Alhaji Saani appealed for resources for the security agencies and adequate logistics and other materials needed to boost their work in combating possible occurrences of violence and terrorism in the country.
Mr Osman Kasim, Yendi Municipal Director of NCCE encouraged participants to impart the knowledge they had acquired from the meeting to other members in their communities to help achieve the desired results.
Mr Ibrahim Abudu Ramani, Deputy Yendi Municipal Coordinating Director, said peace was prerequisite for development, adding “As an Assembly, we need peace to prevail for us to develop the area. Without peace we will have to channel the resource to the security agencies to do their work.”
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Paul Kudenu, Yendi Municipal Police Commander, urged the citizenry not to engage in activities that would stimulate violent extremism and terrorism in their communities.
Participants appealed to chiefs, politicians, and other opinion leaders not to interfere in the work of the security agencies and always allow the law to deal with criminals and people who threaten the peace and stability of the country.