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Lack of peace can affect foreign investor confidence – Minister

By
Anku Morkporkpor/Elizabeth Tetteh, GNA

Accra, June 28, GNA –
Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister of the Interior said, the lack of peace can
affect foreign investor confidence in the country, thus militating against
government’s policy of creating the enabling environment for job creation.

Mr Dery said this at
the media launch of the Ghana Peace Awards (GPA) in Accra, which was on the
theme: “A Peaceful Ghana; One People – Working Together.”

He said peace and to a
large extent, security were requisites for development, which could not be
comprised.

He said even though
there had been pockets of ethnic and religious conflicts, Ghanaians had
co-existed peacefully as people.

“With our family
system, communal spirit and values have been the driving force for the
socio-economic developments in our cities, towns and small villages,” he added.

The Minister said it
was worrying to see a surge in acts that threatened the peace and security of
the communities and to a large extent the country.

He said: “Acts such as
chieftaincy disputes, clashes between political supporters, tribal conflicts as
well as the recent phenomena of lands guards, vigilantism and mob justice,
which tends to create divisions among us as one people have grave negative
effects on the country’s development.”

Mr Dery said apart
from the impact on human capital, physical infrastructure, and economic
activities were also affected since funds earmarked for development projects
often had to be diverted to maintain the security needs thereby putting a
strain on the ability of government to provide other essential public amenities
and services as education and health.

He cautioned that any
person, group or community who engaged in acts that would undermine the
country’s internal security would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of
the country irrespective of the personality, tribe, party the person or
association the person was perceived to belong.

The Minister
challenged the National Security and others to work as required to maintain law
and order since the respect for the rule of law and due process were important
for the sustenance of democracy.

“We must collectively
work towards the elimination of mob justice, vigilantism, political violence,
chieftaincy disputes, lands disputes and other acts that can threaten the peace
of the country,” he said.

Reverend Professor
Emmanuel Nash, Manager (GPA) said, the main event, which would be held on
October 28, at the Banquet Hall in Accra would honour the new breed of the
Ghanaian and African leaders, activists, artists, entrepreneurs and business
solving problems.

He said the nominees
had always represented a cross-section of organisations, startups and young
talents and it was one of the most sought-after award shows featuring Ghana
Peace Awards worldwide.

“GPA will prove to be
as competitive as we have been reputed as Africa’s most respected leadership
platform and it gives Ghana and Africa a voice in identifying and elevating
individuals and companies that they most support,” he added.

Professor Nash said
the awards would also recognise the leadership impact of individuals and
organisations that had made outstanding difference in the country thereby
creating opportunities for people in the local communities and promoting peace
as well.

Reverend Stephen
Domelevo, the chairperson for the event called on religious and traditional
leaders to educate their members about mob justice and the divisions it brings
to the community and the country as a whole.

“We must honour and
respect each other’s views and opinions, we may disagree but always remember to
offer respect for each person’s life and dignity,” he added.

The Minister together
with other dignitaries officially launched the awards.

GNA

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