Tamale, May 6, GNA – Influential youth of Bunkpurugu in the Northern Region have been trained on basic principles of conflict and peace, dialogue, mediation and negotiation as part of efforts to promote lasting peace in the area.
The two-day training, attended by 50 participants, was also to reorient the youth of Bunkpurugu on the need for peace and stability for agricultural development and food security.
It was dubbed: ‘Enhancing Youth Capacity to Facilitate Dialogue in Bunkpurugu,’ and formed part of the implementation of the Northern Ghana Governance Activity (NGGA).
Participants came up with action plans on how to facilitate dialogue/peace at Bunkpurugu, which has been enjoying relative peace for more than a year now after years of conflicts.
Mr Albert Yelyang, National Network Coordinator of the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP-Ghana), who addressed the training in Tamale, urged participants to be the wheels on which peace would prevail in the area.
Mr Yelyang said peaceful coexistence at Bunkpurugu would ensure that the people of the area would benefit from the NGGA’s agricultural governance, food security and wealth creating programme to improve their lot.
NGGA is a five-year project supported by United States Agency for International Development and implemented by a consortium of non-profits, led by CARE International, ActionAid Ghana, SEND Ghana and WANEP-Ghana.
Mr Yelyang said the training was also to ensure a peaceful environment this year for increased agricultural activities in the area and urged all especially youth of the area to control their emotions and be tolerant of one another.
He said ‘you must not inflame passions by recalling the painful past. However, you must also regret the past and consolidate concrete efforts at peace such as the recent celebration of blood burial, and revival of the Tidamtidaan festival.’
Mr Yelyang expressed the hope that the training would help create a new generation of non-violent actors rather than emotional and exuberant youth who truncated their lives and future, wealth and wellbeing through violence.
By Albert Futukpor, GNA