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Madam Mary Boatemaa Marfo, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sekyere East, has said there is the need for Ghanaians to guard the prevailing peace in the society as this is critical for socio-economic development.

She said peace is necessary to the current nation building efforts and called on all to be tolerant and respect each other’s divergent views adding that “this is essential to maintain the peace and unity of the country”.

Addressing a parade at Effiduase to commemorate the 62nd Independence Anniversary, she said politics should not be allowed to divide and ruin our nation.

“Peace should rather help to facilitate development by harnessing and utilizing contrary views and opinions, talents and potentials of different people to contribute to national development”, Madam Marfo said.

She said developed nations have attained their status through the concerted efforts of all their people who were committed to peace building, through mutual respect and patriotism.

Madam Marfo said peace and unity should be the hallmarks of all Ghanaians irrespective of tribe, political affiliation, religious and educational background, to help strengthen the collaborative developmental agenda of the nation.

She said government’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda, the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDG) and the government’s flagship programmes such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), One District-One Factory (1D1F), among others, could only be achieved when all citizens come together in unity to execute these programmes.

Madam Marfo called on the youth not to allow themselves to be influenced by politicians to commit violent and other negative acts but instead, commit their talents, strengths, skills and knowledge to the development of the nation in order to make their parents, families and country proud.

She urged all stakeholders to join the peace crusade in order to strengthen, protect and sustain the unity and development the country has attained over the years.

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