Ghana: NCCE – Political parties must play a role in shaping national cohesion

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Greater Accra Regional Director Lucille Hewlett Annan said political parties have a crucial role to play in forging national cohesion, peace and security.

She said there was a need to strengthen the role of political parties as key actors to ensure peace, unity and security in the country.

Ms Annan said at a meeting of the inter-party dialogue committee at the La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA) in Accra on Tuesday.

The program, organized by the NCCE and supported by the European Union (EU), aimed to educate and sensitize political parties and stakeholders on the importance of national unity, peace and cohesion.

Ms. Annan observed that the program aimed to address threats to the nation’s internal security and national cohesion emanating from local socio-economic and cultural differences, unemployment and religious tensions.

“Recently there have been acts of terrorism and succession in our country and it is the duty of the Commission to educate and sensitize citizens to know their rights and responsibilities and cases of violent extremism have been recorded in neighboring countries, which calls for vigilance, peace and unity to be able to deal with such a problem in the country.

“The countries which enjoyed peace and development plunged into war because of the violence and misunderstandings related to the elections and this aims to sensitize people to avoid any form of violence since we have seen what the violence has done to other countries, ”she added.

Ms Annan underlined the need to deepen the existing collaboration between the Commission, political parties, youth, security agencies, assemblies, traditional authorities, civil societies and community leaders to ensure peace and unity. at national scale.

Madina District Police Commander, Police Superintendent Godfred Ferdinand Amengor briefed the participants on the Public Order Law and urged them not to hold any special event without the advice of the police.

He urged participants to work with the police to promote peace and harmony and implored them to learn how to resolve issues outside of court, including through mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Representatives of political parties present at the meeting pledged their support and promised to relay the information to their respective parties to ensure peace in the country.

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