The Most Reverend Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Chairman of the Ahafo Regional Peace Council has underscored the importance for the nation to strengthen the justice delivery systems to deepen the prevailing peace of the country.
As Ghana joins the rest of the world to mark the 2021 International Peace Day (IPD), Mt. Rev. Atuahene, also the Catholic Bishop of Goaso Diocese indicated the nation’s prevailing peace could only be strengthened when the justice system was deepened as well.
He was speaking at a symposium held at Goaso in the Ahafo Region and organised by the Ahafo Regional Peace Council to mark the global celebration under the theme, “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”.
The IPD, which falls on September 21 every year, was instituted by the United Nations (UN) in 1981 to strengthen the ideals of peace through a 24 hours observance of non-violence and ceasefire.
Mt. Rev. Atuahene noted the consequences for the absence of peace had a devastating effect on the wellbeing of all members of the society, saying, the pursuit of peace remained a shared and collective responsibility as its dividends remained common good for all.
He said the Peace Council was committed to working with all relevant stakeholders within and outside the region for the establishment of a strong Network of Peace Actors for the region.
The network, Mt. Rev. Atuahene explained would provide early warning and timely response to all conflict situations in the region to prevent them from degenerating into violence.
Mr Kennedy Atiibo, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Ahafo Regional Peace Council noted Ahafo was bedevilled with several challenges that threatened the peace and development of the region, and called for concerted efforts to address the challenges.
He said lands and chieftaincy disputes, political violence, natural resources conflict, and infrastructural under-development were emerging threats of peace and stability in the region, which required urgent attention.