Professor Prince Conteh, Dean of Research and Development of the All Nations University in Koforidua, has observed that peace within a nation is inextricably linked to the level and pace of its development.

He pointed out that peace must streak through all strata of society, providing equal opportunities for all.

Prof Conteh made the observation when he spoke at the launch of Mahatma Gandhi Peace and Development Centre at New-Bakpa, in the North-Tongu District of the Volta Region.

The launch which was under the auspices of the Trokosi Abolition Fellowship International, an NGO, with support from the Indian High Commission in Ghana, was on the theme: ?Gandhi?s Philosophy on Peace and Development.?

Prof Conteh said peace within a nation was not only when that nation was not at war, but essentially, a result of equity-where the basic necessities of life reached and were affordable to the majority of the people.

He observed that the supposed peace in many African countries was only outward, but deep down in the hearts of many of them who smiled, were deep worries about adequate food, even for a day.

?An African?s smile does not mean all is well. I tell you, visit their homes, or sit and chat heart to heart with them, and you realize all is not well,? Prof Conteh stated.

He said peace within a nation, where the basic necessities of life were available to the masses, would ?make people think better and act better.?

Prof Conteh said development was sluggish in nations where a few people strove to grab everything, leaving almost nothing for the rest of the majority .

Stephen Awudi Gadri, Founder and President of the Trokosi Abolition Fellowship International, said the Gandhi Centre was established to sell Mahatma Gandhi?s philosophy of non-violence, hard work and truth among Ghanaians.

He disclosed that Gandhi clubs would be formed in schools and communities, starting from the Bakpa area.

Mr Gadri said activities would cover Gandhi?s thoughts on development in the areas of education, employment generation and agriculture, among others.

He said a permanent centre had been designed, and would be put at New-Bakpa where research, informal and formal educational activities would be undertaken.

As part of the programmed take-off of the Centre, Lawson Gadri Awudi rpt Lawson Gadri Awudi had undergone training at the Ju Gujarat Vidyapith in India, to take up management of the Centre.

He told the GNA that Mahatma Gandhi?s ideas were relevant to Ghana as they were to India.

Ju Gujarat Vidyapith, (University) was established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920 to advance his philosophies of development.


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