The Youth of Dagbon and Nanum Traditional Areas of the Northern Region of Ghana have called on government, the Northern Regional and National Houses of Chiefs, Dagbon Traditional Council, Nanum Traditional Council, and other relevant stakeholders to engage the feuding faction in Dagbon and Nanum in honest dialogue to build consensus and to bring unity, reconciliation, lasting peace and progress.
They recommended that a conflict resolution mechanism that ensures a win- win situation is adopted and develop clear guidelines for the Dagbon and Nanum local governance strategy.
A communique by the youth of northern region on the occasion of northern youth conference 2017 organized by youth network for sustainable development in Tamale on Saturday April, 22, 2017, said frantic efforts should be made to bring the parties and the stakeholders together outside the northern region for dialogue on reconciliation:
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COMMUNIQUE BY THE YOUTH OF NORTHERN REGION ON THE OCCASION OF NORTHERN YOUTH CONFERENCE 2017 ORGANIZED BY YOUTH NETWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN TAMALE ON THE 22ND APRIL, 2017:
We the Youth of Dagbon and Nanum Traditional Areas of the Northern Region of Ghana recommend to:
The Government, Northern Regional Coordinating Council, Northern Regional and National Houses of Chiefs, Dagbon Traditional Council, Nanum Traditional Council, Non Governmental Organizations and Religious Bodies to consider the following towards the peace, unity and reconciliation of Dagbon and Nanum:
• Adopt conflict resolution mechanisms (the need for win- win situation) in Dagbon and Nanum chieftaincy conflicts.
• Develop clear guidelines for the Dagbon and Nanum local governance strategy.
i. Mechanism for Succession
ii. Regulation and Violation of the Succession Law
• Make attempt to bring the Dagbon feuding parties and the stakeholders together outside the Northern Region for dialogue on reconciliation:
i. All the paramount chiefs in Dagbon Traditional Area
ii. The Yendi Bishop, Lawyer Ibrahim Mahama, Hon. Adam Yoggu, Prof. Seidu Al - hassan, Dr. AL-Hussein Zakaria, Dr. Yahuza Gomda, Mr. Issah Nasagri (Civic Educator), Alhaji Saani Abdul – Razak, (Civic Educator), Mr. H.S. Haruna (Civic Educator), Alhaji Abdulai Chairman, AlhajiWafa, Alhaji One One, Sheikh Saeed Abubakari Zakaria, Sheikh Tanko Issahaku, Sheikh Murtada Hussain, ZamiguImam Salam, Sheikh Baba Dua, and Sheikh Ibrahim Basha, Sheikh Yakubu Abdul Karim, Madam Afi Yakubu, Madam Adamu Musah Alidu, Hajia Samata Bukari, Madam AdisaLansah, Hajia Salifu Mary Boforo, Dr. Abdulai Sulemana, Dr. Abdulai Salifu as well as TRP foundation consultant namely Madam Hafsa Sey, Madam Hikmah Baba Dua, Madam Fatima Iddrisu Adu ,Alhaji Osman Abdul Rahman, Mr. Samuel Zan and Hon. Ibrahim Abudu.
iii. With the Combination of academia, politicians, youth activist, development activist, social commentators and civic educators will help in the forward match towards peace, unity, reconciliation and development of Dagbon and the North at large. Considering the political nature of the Nanun chieftaincy conflict we recommend constant engagement meetings with youth and traditional authorities for peace to prevail in the Nanun Kingdom. Stakeholders also need to consider the Burial of eminence late NakpaaNaa as important milestone towards the solution of the Nanun chieftaincy conflict.
iiii. We recommend also to stakeholders to consider the implementation of the recommendations by the Dagbon peace Initiative by Ghanaian Developing Communities Association.
v. Government and developing partners must work assiduously towards creating livelihood empowerment programs for the youth in the Northern Region.
vi. All the 10 Dagbon M.Ps
vii. The Committee of Eminent Chiefs
viii. The Dagbon Peace Initiative team by Ghanaian Developing Communities Association (GDCA)
ix. The Catholic Bishop of Tamale Bishop Philip Naameh.
x. The National Peace Council
xi. Mr. Thomas Ravn - Pedersen of Ghana Friendship Group, Denmark
xii. Voggu Naa Bawa – Former Council of State Member
xiii. Mr. Salifu Alhassan (Radio Justice), Social Commentator
xiiii. Chief Abass Salifu, Social Commentator
xv. Chief Amadu Alhassan, Social Commentator
xvi. Alhaji Salifu Rashid C.O.P and
xvii. Mr. Kofi Annan (Former UN Boss) as a lead mediator.
`THE PARTIES SHOULD:
❖ Engage themselves in honest dialogue to build consensus and to bring unity, reconciliation, lasting peace and progress.
❖ Rebuilding trust and good will to move forward in peace and tranquility.