We Must All Contribute Towards Achieving Peace – NGO

The Islamic Humanitarian Foundation, under the auspices of Sheikh Mohammed Salis Shaban, Tijaniyya Spiritual Cleric has called for peaceful coexistence among Ghanaians especially the youth and the world at large.

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Islamic Humanitarian Foundation
Islamic Humanitarian Foundation

Alhaji Mohammed Abdul Salam, Executive Secretary of the Foundation said Ghana, albeit regarded by many as an oasis of peace in the African sub-region does not live in isolation when it comes to occurrences and challenges related to conflict, hence the need for all to contribute their quota in the maintenance of peace.

Islamic Humanitarian Foundation
Islamic Humanitarian Foundation

He was speaking at a professional training workshop on alternative dispute resolution and mediation, to encourage the youth to ensure peace in the country.

The training under the International Compass Mediation Programme was also aimed at equipping the youth with skills on conflict management and resolution to sustain and maintain peace during the 2016 elections.

Alhaji Salam said the perennial industrial upheavals precipitated by labour agitations through demonstrations and strikes in Ghana, even though legitimate, should be a concern for peace lovers and promoters.

He said for this reason all hands must be on deck to resolve these disputes between unions and Government for the sake of peace.

He noted that recent happenings in the country such as the call for a clean voters register ahead of November 2016 general election, by some political parties among others is an issue to note and thus called on all to join hands in preaching and practicing peace.

Mr Irbard Ibrahim, Security and Political Analyst speaking at the event noted that peace cannot be achieved in a vacuum but rather takes deliberate efforts by stakeholders to ensure that peace is sustained.

He said more than 80 per cent of the time when there is ethnic, political and chieftaincy violence; it is young people within the youth bracket that are used as canon for that.

Mr Ibrahim noted that it is important that in discussing the topic on conflict resolution, the youth are given a voice to participate in decision making because they are the important part of the equation as and when the problem arises.

Ghana needs to sharpen its edges of conflict resolution as there are so many parts of the country that has remained conflict zones for far too long and need to be resolved.

He urged the Electoral Commission to play its part as an impartial power superintending over the election therefore if there is lack of trust then the country is sitting on a time bomb.

Mrs Regina Thompson, International Compass Mediation Associate, Ghana-Canada, advised that if husbands and wives are able to resolve conflicts among themselves, then conflicts around the world could as well be resolved.

Source: GNA

By Samira Larbie, GNA

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