Bolgatanga, Nov. 17, GNA - The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has called on stakeholders to unite and champion the eradication of violent extremism.
The Commission made the call at a sensitization workshop in Bolgatanga, which was part of the European Union (EU) Sponsored project, “Preventing Electoral violence and providing security to the Border Regions of Ghana (NORPRESEC)”, aimed at fighting violent extremism and radicalism to promote national cohesion.
It had technical support from the National Security and brought together political parties, Religious Bodies and Traditional Authorities to instil in them the need to unite and erase all forms of extremist acts.
Mr Victor Elikplim Numworkpo, the Regional Deputy Director of NCCE, speaking on the topic, “promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law in relation to violent extremism”, said erasing violent extremism demanded a collective responsibility and there was the need for parties to unite, have respect for one another and fight for the common goal, peace.
He said issues of neglect and abuse of one’s rights were push factors that could cause violence and urged opinion leaders to be vigilant on the characters of their community youth who he said were the targets of violence extremist.
Chief Superintendent of Police Dela K. Dzanzi of the Bolgatanga Police Command admonished political parties to abstain from coercing their ideology on others but rather be tolerant of the views of others for peace to prevail.
He urged the participants to be security conscious by approaching and reporting suspicious characters in their communities.
“Most often we pay less attention to strangers just because they are in a certain dress assumed to be from the police or Military even if we suspect a certain character portrayed by them, it is important you approach such people to ask of their mission and alert the police to ascertain if they are aware of their presence,” he stated.
Mr Elbazar Joachim, the Regional Head of Programmes of NCCE, said neighbouring countries had been attacked by extremist and the youth were mostly those recruited to maim and kill people.
He urged opinion leaders in the communities to help the commission in its effort at educating the youth on violent extremism.
The Chairman of the Inter-party dialogue committee (IPDC), Sheik Abu-Bakr Sadik Abdul Rahaman, called on political parties to commit themselves in the fight against violent extremism.