The Youth in Ablekuma South Constituency, in collaboration with the leadership of the Camara and Korle Gonno Youth Associations, has launched a campaign to preach peace and unity in the area before, during and after the 2012 elections.
The campaign dubbed “Coalition for Peace (CfP)” is aimed at promoting harmony among the political parties in the country particularly their supporters and sympathisers.
It is also aimed at creating the awareness among the youth and to ensure that political parties abide with the code and conduct of the Electoral Commission (EC),and National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
Speaking at the launch in Accra on Saturday, Mr Collins Asante, PRO for the (CfP) said, the leadership of the Camara and Korle Gonno Youth Associations, leadership of all the political parties and their youth activists in the constituency had resolved to create the needed peace awareness.
This, he said, would be in a form of organising peace walk, clean-up exercise, football gala and movie shows, to sensitise the youth in the constituency not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to forment trouble during the electioneering period.
“As we launch this Coalition for Peace today, we take it upon ourselves to preach peace amongst all political parties in the country, especially in our constituency and ensure that nothing untoward should occur, before, during and after the electioneering campaign for the 2012 elections,” Rev. Frank Nunoo Otoo said when launching the CfP.
“We would not allow any politician to use or push us into causing tension and violence that will tarnish our future aspirations,” Mr Collins Asante said adding that, “we would rather, impress upon politicians, the government, stakeholders and all well-meaning Ghanaians to see the youth as future leaders and inculcate in them good habits and offer them initiatives to develop their human resource that will benefit them in future than pushing them into trouble,” he pointed out.
According to Mr Asante, the (CfP), was worried about the situation whereby some politicians use money to lure the youth to incite tension and chaos particularly in areas like Chorkor, Gbebu, Mamprobi and Korle Gonno, in the Greater Accra Region.
‘’The Youth are the future leaders of the country and therefore whatever we do, we must ensure that their safety was protected particularly during election time since politicians turn to use them to create anarchy,” he said adding “Ghana is bigger than any political party so also the future of the youth is essential to the development of the nation.”
Explaining the methods CfP would use, Mr Asante said they would deploy the youth to all the communities to spread the message of peace especially at the senior high school and tertiary institution level to neutralise any unforeseen tension that raises cause for concern.
“We want a legacy of peace, respect, unity and love for all in Ablekuma South Constituency and we will leave no stone unturned in achieving this,” Rev. Frank Nunoo Otoo, President of the Camara Youth Association affirmed.