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Mr Issaka Amoani, aka “Untouchable” the Leader of the Untouchable Youth Group in Nima, in the Ayawaso West, has advised the northern youth in Accra to take a sober reflection on the peace in Dagbon and strategise ways to develop the area.

“I’m pleading with the northern youth in Accra, especially those living in the Komkomba Market, Railways, Timber Market, Circle, Agblogbloshie, and other places that, they shouldn’t allow anybody to influence them with money to go to the North with ammunitions to fight.

“It is sad that in the past any time there is trouble in the North you see this northern youth mobilising themselves to go and fight,” he observed.

Mr Amoani was of the view that time was ripe for the northern youth to think about how they could support the development of the area, instead of fighting among themselves because that trajectory had not helped the cause of development of the area.

Mr Amoani, also a former Unit Committee Member in Nima, gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the sidelines of a town hall meeting, organised by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) in Nima, a suburb of Accra, to galvanise public support to bridge the inequality gap in the society.

The meeting brought together Persons with Disability, youth groups, traders, women associations and civil society organisations.

Mr Amoani lauded the government and the Asantehene-led Eminent Chiefs for working tirelessly to bring peace in Dagbon Traditional Area.

He encouraged government to continue the path of peace and development in the area, noting that, successive governments had played their part in restoring peace there.

He refuted allegations that Nima youth were radicals, saying; “Nima is the most peaceful place in the whole country because anytime there is election, we hear of politically-motivated
violence in other communities in the Greater Accra Region, but have you ever heard any violence in Nima during election” he queried…the answer is no, because there is peace here”.

Mr Amoani added: “Whenever a stranger is attacked by some hooligans in the area, you’ll see Nima boys coming to defend you and even beat that Nima boy and put the stranger in a taxi to go”.

He said he had mobilised about 1,500 youth in the areas, comprising 800 males and 750 females and offered them employable skills in hairdressing, sewing, carpentry, designing of glass doors and auto mechanics, while those interested in playing soccer were assisted.

Peace has eluded the people of Dagbon Traditional Area for more than a decade with the kingship position being vacant due to protracted chieftaincy dispute between the two royal gates, the Andanis and Abudus.

On Friday, January 25, Ghanaians and the world witnessed the coronation of a new Ya Na, Abubakari Mahama II, following the successful performance of the funeral rites of the two late overlords of Dagbon.

Earlier in her welcoming remarks, Madam Beauty Emefa-Nartey, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, urged civil society organisations, state institutions and all well-meaning Ghanaians to join forces to bridge the gap of inequality in the society.

She cited instances where a ruling government had provided social amenities to communities that voted for the party during the elections for political expediency at the expense of communities that actually needed the facilities.

“Government should share the national resources fairly among the people and not based on political affiliation, if the nation really wants to develop and bridge the inequality gap,” Madam Emefa-Nartey pointed out.

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