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19.04.2007 General News

Intensify public education on reconciliation – Palmer-Buckle


The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle calls for the need to intensify public education on the core-values of peace, justice and reconciliation to facilitate "true peace and justice" in the society.

Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle, who was a member of the National Reconciliation Commission said: “It only managed to scratch the surface of the ground, uproot some of the roots of ill-feeling and discord in the soul of the nation and in the hearts of some individual citizens of this country".

He made the call when delivering a lecture to mark the celebration of the 'Seventh Theology Week', as part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee of Saint Peter's Regional Seminary, of the Catholic Church at Pedu a suburb of Cape Coast.

Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle called on stakeholders to give the NRC's report the needed attention in order that its recommendations on the process of national integration and reconciliation would be implemented and made to become an indispensable component of civic formation, growth and nation building in the country.

He expressed appreciation that Government had started implementing some of the NRC's recommendations such as payment of compensation and release of seized properties.

"Although the Commission's work has been completed, the process of reconciliation has now began it is therefore, imperative for all and sundry to help bring about a Ghana that is a land of Freedom and Justice leading to true peace," he added.

Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle stressed the need for Ghanaians to work consistently at the culture of peace building to make the national reconciliation process a reality.

He called on Government to implement all the NRC recommendations, especially in the areas of celebration, ritualisation and the process of reconciliation and national integration, which would "go a long way to ease the feelings of most victims".

Source: GNA