Nkonya and Alavanyo set for lasting peace

peace_logo.jpgThe chiefs and queen mothers of Nkonya and Alavanyo in the Volta Region
on Saturday called on their citizens to accept the maps of the disputed
boundary land as a commitment to the peace process going on between the
two communities.

They
said they had come a long way after 80 years of war and were ready to
put the past behind them for peace to prevail in the area.

“The
peace vehicle in which we are today is fueled by goodwill. It does not
have a reversed gear and its name is forward ever”, Torgbuiga Tsedze
Atakora, VII, chief of Alavanyo, said.

The chiefs and queen
mothers made the appeal at a day’s briefing session on the peace
process, maps and outcomes of boundary indication exercise for citizens
resident in Accra, Tema and Ashaiman.

Torgbuiga Tsedze
Atakora said the Mediation Committee, surveyors, Catholic Relief
Service, the United Nations Development Agency, the government, the
Consultative Committee and many other concerned individuals and groups
had used their time and resources to assist them to reach this far in
the peace process.

He said the only way for the two
communities to thank them was to move forward, remain united as one
people and concentrate on developing the two areas, which he said lack
infrastructure and socio-economic development due to the many years of
war.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Livingston Boamah, Moderator of
Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Chairman of the Mediation
Committee, thanked the chiefs and queen mothers, leaders, the youth and
all citizens of Alavanyo and Nkonya for being instrumental in making
the peace process get to its present state.

He explained
that during dialogue with the two parties it came to light that the
people did not know the length and breadth of the disputed boundary
land for which they fought and that the two parties agreed for the area
to be demarcated adding that surveyors were engaged to draw the maps of
the boundary.

He said “The maps were officially presented to
the chiefs of the two communities when it was done and we are here
today to show you the outcome of the work of the surveyors.”

The
maps were presented by Mr Albert Braimah Adisi, Vice Chairman, Licensed
Surveyors Association of Ghana and Managing Director, Konsoha Consult,
who together with the Regional Surveyor worked on the maps.

Mr
Emmanuel Bombande, Executive Director, West Africa Network for Peace
Building, strategic facilitator for the peace process in the two
communities, said three years ago, the people of Nkonya and Alavanyo
agreed to dialogue on the problem that existed between them in order to
appreciate each other and foster a good and sustainable relationship.

He
said though it was not easy at first, the two had come very far and the
level of peace they enjoyed in the two communities at present was
history in the making.

Mr Bombande said the peace process in
Nkonya and Alavanyo had attracted international attention from
countries such as Japan and Germany, and for which reason they had
agreed to assist them to develop economically.

In their
presentations, representatives of the youth and women of both
communities said during war children and women suffered most.

They
pledged their full support for the peace process and said they would
not allow anybody to destroy the calm they enjoyed with each other for
some time now, adding that unlike the past they now played together,
visit each other’s towns and did almost everything together.

They
said what they wanted was to see the two towns become the most peaceful
in the country more especially now that organizations, countries abroad
and people in Ghana were willing to help them build the areas.

“We
want to build our communities and have jobs so that we do not waste our
time in unprofitable ventures such as fighting each other, we want to
develop like other youths in the country”, they added.

The
Alavanyo and Nkonya war over a disputed boundary land started in 1923
and in 2005 a mediation committee was set up to assist the two
communities to dialogue and solve the problem.

Source: GNA