18th April, 2013
The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP-Ghana) has identified
the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Northern regions as the most volatile
areas in the country.
The group made the disclosure in its quarterly report, on the nation’s security.
In view of this, WANEP-Ghana has urged the security agencies to be
on high alert, to preserve the peace, especially during the election
It further urged both the petitioners and respondents to view the
petition process as addressing the challenges and deficiencies in
Ghana’s electoral processes and not a win or lose contest.
Speaking to Citi News, the National Coordinator of WANEP, Justin
Bayor, indicated that “many of the politically-related violence occur in
the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions.”
“The polarisation of the Ghanaian environment by political and
governance related issues has for a long time been a threat to the
country’s political and social stability; within the past quarter of the
year, a total of 14 (20% of all incidents) politically related
incidents were captured, the second highest threatening indicator in the
quarter. Of the 14 political incidents, 7 out of the 25 arrests made by
the security agencies were politically related,” he indicated.
According to the data, the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and
Central regions witnessed an increase in violent and criminal activities
during the quarter; although the Northern, Upper East and Upper West
regions recorded fewer incidents overall, chieftaincy and land-related
incidents were the majority.
The chieftaincy and land conflicts were, however, more explosive, because of their complexities.
Mr. Bayor also called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National
Democratic Congress (NDC), to educate their supporters to exercise
restraint after the ruling.
“We, urge all to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court; this
includes both individuals and groups jubilations should be limited and
the existing and emerging conflicts managed through education in
order to sustain the current relative calm and stability in the country
etc,” he stressed.
The report also called on the National Disaster Management
Organisation (NADMO) to put in appropriate and adequate measures to
avert or limit the effects of rainstorms and floods, as the rainy season
“The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) should devise
appropriate and adequate strategies towards averting or limiting the
effects of rainstorms and floods as the rainy season approaches;
Education on relocation of settlements and property,
strengthening collaboration with the authorities in Burkina Faso to
prevent the floods, evacuation from flood-prone zones, readiness with
reliefs medics and supplies etc should be put in place,” the report