Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo exchanging greetings with Dagbon Chiefs
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo exchanging greetings with Dagbon Chiefs

Two hundred leaders, made up of 100 men and 100 women have been educated on non-violence in a workshop organised by the Northern Region Peace Council and held in Yendi the Northern Region.

They were drawn from Yendi, Gushegu, Zabzugu including; 15 members of Dialogue and Response group.

The topics discussed included, basic principles concept of conflict and peace, to tools of conflict analysis and non-violence, perceptions and stereotypes, role of women in consolidation peace in Dagbon, dialogue and principles of reconciliation among others.

In his welcome remark, Mr. Abukari Nuhu the secretary of Northern Region Peace Council indicated that in order to sustain the peace in Dagbon, there was the need to sensitise women and men leaders of Dagbon for them to educate their people on the importance of sustaining the peace in Dagbon.

Mr Nuhu urged all the participants to take the worship seriously by paying attention to all the topics to be discussed.

Reverend Father Cement Aapenynyo in charge of Centre for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CECOTAPS) at Damongo reminded women to take good care of homes as they were important to society.

He said what happened in Dagbon last year and this year by enskining a new Ya-Na for peace was fruitful and there was no need rewinding the clock.

He said peace building was the foundation for creating sustainable human security and equitable development in communities emerging from conflict and advised them to sensitise the people to fight poverty to continue to sustain peace in their areas.

Mr Albert Yelyang of West African Network for Peace Building said they were working hard by engaging women and men in Dagbon and Northern Region as a whole as they were the vulnerable during conflicts.

He indicated that during 1994 Northern conflict, women suffered a lot due to lack of food and water and carryings their children and travelling too far areas for safety and said it was not good to have either chieftaincy or land conflicts which brought about burning of houses and distruction of lives and property.

Mr Yelyang called on them to continue to work hard for Dagbon to sustain the peace they were enjoying by discouraging their husbands and friends not to engage in conflict.

Mr. Yelyang reminded them that Dagombas were peace loving people and should not allow themselves to be used for disreuptions.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Mr Twum Braimah Yendi Municipal Police Commander said peace was an essential commodity and advised the people of Yendi and Dagbon as a whole to solve their problems through dialogue in order to sustain the peace they have achieved

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