President Akufo-Addo says the time has come for the chiefs and people of Chereponi to bring to an end, the incidents of conflict and violence that have plagued the town.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the Ghana that we are trying to build does not have space for conflict and violence. The seizure of lands by Konkombas and Anufors, we should try and stop those things. People have been farming for years, they know who farms on what land. We should try and bring those kinds of incidents to a conclusion. I am appealing through you for peace. Let peace remain here.”
He stressed that “there are lots of opportunities in Ghana now, but these opportunities will not be there if we continue all these unnecessary conflicts.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, May 16, when he addressed a durbar of the Chiefs and people of Chereponi, on day 1 of his 2-day tour of the newly created North East Region.
This image of Chereponi District Police Commander giving water to displaced children captures the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict
In response to a request from the Paramount Chief of Chereponi, Jaminja Malba Yombu, for the stationing of a permanent security force in the town, the President indicated that “I will take it up with the security chiefs in Accra, and we will try and find the solution. The best solution, however, is that the conflict should come to an end.”
Touching on the report presented by the seven-member committee setup to investigate the recent violence that erupted in Chereponi and parts of the Saboba between the Anufors and Konkombas, the President stated that the Minister for the Interior is studying the report, and, soon, the report will be made public.
Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, says growing suspicion amongst the two groups is fanning the conflict
“My presence here today will be a powerful signal to him (Minister for the Interior) that there will be a need to conclude the process, as well as to accelerate the police investigation into the latest incident that has taken place. The consequences of that settlement will pervade the entire country, especially up here in the North,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo was excited about the appeal of the Chereponi Chief for the establishment of a Girls’ College focused on the leaning of Science and French.
“It is a sign of your own enlightenment and progressive nature. There is the request you have made for the upgrading of the polyclinic into a hospital. These requests must become my personal responsibility because my presence here must mean something for you,” he said.
The President continued, “You will be hearing from my office directly on what we can do to bring these things into fruition. I go all around the country but it is only here in Chereponi that I hear a traditional ruler asking for a Girls’ College biased towards Science and French. This means that I cannot forget you.”
In concluding, President Akufo-Addo told residents of Chereponi about his vision of ensuring that Ghana turns over a new leaf, and applies the abundant resources the nation has been blessed with to transform the country into a nation of prosperity and progress.
“With the present application of our resources, our future is looking very, very bright. We want to make sure that all the peoples of Ghana, without exception, participate in that progress and prosperity of our nation,” he said.
On Friday, 17th May, 2019, President Akufo-Addo will conclude his tour of the North East Region with visits to Walewale and Yagaba.