Create a peaceful environment for sustainable development – MMDCE urged

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“Although the region is relatively peaceful compared to other regions, pockets of violence, mainly due to chiefdom disputes, land disputes and resource conflicts, do occur.
The phenomenon has not only affected peaceful coexistence, but the total development of affected communities, ”he warned.

Bishop Botwey noted that as political leaders, MMDCEs must ensure peace, unity, harmony and cohesion in their communities to engender the necessary progress, growth and development.

He was addressing a two-day capacity building workshop on conflict management and reporting for MMDCEs, with the support and assistance of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), among others , sought to strengthen the capacities of MMDCEs to manage and report on conflicts.

It was also to equip participants with knowledge and skills to analyze conflicts, identify peace connectors, warning signs and initiate responses to them and
were addressed through topics such as “Concepts of conflict and peace and their implications for development”, “Tools for conflict prevention, management, resolution and transformation”, “Conflicts, early warning mechanisms and Response ”,“ Managing and Resolving Conflicts in Metropolitan Areas, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) ”,“ Vigilantism and Related Offenses ”and“ Integrating Peace into Development and Planning ”.

Bishop Botwey stressed the importance of training, saying that equipping MMDCEs with conflict resolution tools, knowledge and skills is necessary to ensure effective and efficient conflict management and resolution within their jurisdictions. .

“It will also help you to create a peaceful environment for sustainable development in partnership with the Assemblies to build the capacity of members of justice and security committees to assist and support you in your work, and the Peace Council will use to help and support the assemblies in the management of the conflicts which arise ”, he declared.

Dr Patrick Osei-Kuffour, Research Fellow in the Department of Peace Studies, School of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, educated and sensitized participants on the link between peace, development and violence and their recalled who were development agents at the local level, it was equally important to take into account the human aspects of development through socio-economic growth.

He asked them to strive to identify the connectors of peace in their communities, to work with them to maintain and maintain the cohesion, harmony and peace of their communities and
advised them not to rush into conflict resolution, but rather to analyze the drivers of conflict and devise appropriate remedies to resolve them.

Kwabena Darko-Mensah, the regional minister for the West, noted that the region’s vast land and natural resources are prone to conflict, and mentioned the causes of the conflicts, including chiefdom disputes, land disputes, unemployment. and mining.

He hoped that the training would broaden the understanding of MMDCEs to be able to resolve such issues in their jurisdictions.

“There can be no development without peace and you must work for protection and exploitation in an environment free of conflict,” said Mr. Darko-Mensah. -GNA


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