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19.11.2008 Regional News

Tamale Residents Commended For Peaceful Debate

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale -

The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapa Ali Idris, has commended the people of Tamale for hosting a successful presidential debate.

“I sincerely commend everybody, especially the political party activists in this metropolis for comporting themselves during the presidential debate here,” he stated.

He said many people including citizens of the metropolis were very apprehensive that the event might trigger violence in the area however “everything ended smoothly”.

Alhaji Idris who stated this in an interview with Times here yesterday, stressed that the success of the debate is assurance that there would be peace during and after general election in the region.

The IEA presidential debate which was under the theme: “Strengthening the pillars of Ghana's democracy” was the last in a series, and first ever debate to be hosted in Tamale.

The minister also thanked the security personnel for the effective manner with which they dealt with security issues during the presidential candidates encounter.

Alhaji Idris maintained that peace is the cardinal pillar for development and that it is prudent for us in the north to ensure total peace at all times.

He appealed to the youth of the area to emulate the shinning example of the presidential candidates during the encounter, saying “belonging to different parties do not make enemies”.

Four presidential candidates – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the NPP, Prof. John E.A. Mills of NDC, Dr. Paa Kwasi Nduom of CPP and Dr. Edward Mahama of PNC, among other personalities during the debate, pledged their commitment to modernise agriculture which is a major occupation for many in the Northern Region.