B/A PEACE COUNCIL ORGANIZES CONFLICT RESOLUTION WORKSHOP FOR MMDCES



The Brong Ahafo Regional Peace Council has organised a two-day conflict resolution workshop for the 27 municipal and district chief executives in the region.

At the workshop, Alhaji Abdulla Sualla Quanda, the secretary of the council noted the workshop is to help equip the MMDCES to enumerate possible conflicts and apply the necessary measures in resolving them.

He however hinted discrimination and denial of development in an area are catalysts for conflicts,

"Most of these conflicts are sparked by discrimination-thus failure on the part of leaders to give equal opportunity to factions to contribute in decision making. More so residents are tempted to rebel against authority when they observe the slow pace of development in their vicinity as compared to the amount the assembly is raking" he observed.

He therefore called on the MMDCEs to avail equal chance to their residents and use the common fund, internally generated funds and other grants judiciously to avert such conflicts.

Mr Osei Bonsu Snr, the DCE of Asunafo South a participant recounted the financial burden his assembly is battling due to the persistent notoriety among the youth in his district.

"Due to the political unrest in areas like Kwapong, Sankore and Kukuom the lions share of the funds that come into the assembly's coffers is channeled to resourcing police and army rationing. We give 100 Cedis for each personnel and 1,900 Cedis for fuelling their vehicle per week, imagine how much we have lost for all this while. I will therefore call on anybody who has any grievances to communicate it through the appropriate channel without using violence. We are working seriously to ensure calm is restored in my area, but since its a political revenge it is very difficult but I hope with this training we will be able to overcome the hurdle" he recounted.

Another participant, Dr Evenly Kumi Richardson MCE for Sunyani East also indicated the workshop has widen her scope in selecting persons who will serve as her informants on the ground.

"Most often we prefer to select people who are close to us to give us information on the ground but these people take delight in giving us sugarcoated words without telling us the truth. More so we always describe people who criticize us as anti-government but now I have realized these people are our true eyes and ears" she opined.

Dr Osei Kuffour, the facilitator for the workshop admonished the MMDCES to refer incidents which are above their resolution powers to the appropriate quarters for mediation.

"Though we have given them enough knowledge on how to identify and manage conflicts, they still have yo understand conflict resolution is a multi-sectorial process which requires collaboration with other players. Some of the situations require security advice, traditional or religious intervention, among others. Likewise they are to use already available avenue (people in the same ethnic group, religious denomination, clubs, old school association, political party, etc) to help in the mediation process" the Peace and Development Center lecturer at UCC suggested.

Other groups  who were invited to participate in the workshop were the traditional autority, clergy, Muslim community, the security services and the media.

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