The Foundation for Youth Peace and Development, a non-governmental organisation in the Adentan Municipality has organized peace games to instill the spirit of political tolerance, peace and oneness among the youth ahead of the general elections in the country.

To this end, the Foundation is calling on individuals, institutions and the general public not to take the prevailing peace in the country for granted but to ensure that they jealously guard the peace and stability the country is enjoying.

Mr Joseph Tettey, Founder of the NGO said despite the fact that the country has had successful and peaceful elections since 1992, there is still the need to put in place measures to continuously conscientize Ghanaians, especially the youth on the need to cherish the value of peace and to keep it safely before, during and after the elections.

The Founder was speaking at a peace and community games dubbed: “One Ghana Soccer” competition organized by the Foundation in conjunction with the youth of Nii Ashale and other youth clubs in the Adentan Municipality.

The main aim of organizing the annual peace games is to instill the spirit of oneness and tolerance among the youth of the Municipality.

Mr Tetteh advised the youth to resolve to make a difference by directing their latent energies and strength into useful ventures and not to be misled into activities that might put them in trouble.

He said the youth have a greater responsibility to ensure Ghana remains peaceful before during and after the general elections since they form the active segment of the population and any negative situation can derail their up bringing.

Mr Tetteh said that stability and peace are the only avenues in ensuring the socio-economic development of the country and so it behoves on all, especially the youth to use their potential to lead the crusade in an incident-free general elections and good governance.

Madam Braimah Azumah Zenabu, Adentan Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), who was the Guest Speaker advised the youth to endeavour to study the constitution to be better guided to desist from indulging in acts that would find them wanting or against the laws.

She noted that if the electorate, especially the youth understand party manifestos and the tenets of the constitution they would not engage in activities that would put them in trouble.

The Municipal Director stressed the need for the youth to be conscientized to stand up for the socio-economic development of the country instead of engaging in acts that are a disservice to the general development of their communities and their well-being.

She called on opinion leaders and elders of the communities to assist in ensuring peace in their areas and the country by advising the children from activities that can create nis-trust, conflict and destruction of lives and property.

Rev. Fr. Nimorious Kwabena Domanzing, Parish Priest of the St Francis of Assisi, Botwe who chaired the programme noted that the word peace connotes development and such the people, especially the youth must guide their utterances and steer away from acts that might disrupt the peaceful atmosphere that the country is enjoying.

In the opening knock-out match of the games, a youthful Angels United side held their senior colleagues, Winners FC 2-2 and outwitted them in the penalty shoot-out but were beating by the Ashale Botwe New Town Club 2-1 to lift the ultimate trophy at stake.



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