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21.04.2005 Regional News

Be good mediators - trained conflict resolution persons urged

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Twifo-Praso (C/R), April 21, GNA - World Vision, Ghana, has been commended for playing a major role in the socio-economic development of the Twifo-Hemang-Lower Denkyira (THLD) District.

Ms Alfreda Poku Gyamfi, District Programme Officer of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) gave the commendation on Thursday, at a workshop on Peace maintenance at Twifo Praso. Ms Gyamfi especially mentioned the Praso Area Development Programme of World Vision, which assisted communities in the District to put up a number of facilities including clinics, schools and provided potable water.

The workshop for 35 volunteers from Ayaase, Morkwa, Agona, Kotokye, Wamaso and Mampoma was organised by NADMO in collaboration with the Praso Area Development Programme to update the skills and knowledge of the participants in settling conflicts and disputes. Ms Gyamfi urged them to be peace loving and good mediators and to put into practice the knowledge they had acquired to enhance peaceful co-existence.

Mr Prince Arhin, District Co-ordinator of NADMO asked the participants to be transparent and impartial in the discharge of their duties.

He also asked them to refrain from politicising issues and to step up public education on conflict resolution to enhance peace. Mr Arhin expressed the hope that the knowledge they had gained would help them to ensure amicable settlement of the cases in their areas.

Mr Charles Opoku, District Planning Officer and a Resource Person also asked the participants to share the knowledge they had acquired with their families, friends and relatives to promote peace in their communities.

Mr Dan Yorke, District Director of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) said the objective of the workshop was to empower the volunteers with the capacity to settle conflicts and disputes in their communities.

It was also to ensure the smooth takeover of facilities provided by World Vision when the organisation wind-up its activities. The participants urged the organisers to extend the training to other communities in the district and to make it a periodic affair to ensure perfect peace.

Film shows were shown and durbars portraying peace were held in six communities during the programme.

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