Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Bawku (UE), Aug. 22,
GNA – The Bawku Municipality and its surrounding districts in the Upper East
Region, on Tuesday marked this year’s Eld-Adha festival with a peace concert.
The concert was to
sustain the peace being enjoyed by the people in the area.
The concert, which was
organized by the security agencies operating in the area and spearheaded by the
Airborne detachment of the Ghana Armed Forces in collaboration with civil
society groups brought together the youth, political parties, traditional authorities,
the clergy and the Islamic community to embrace peace and to fraternize with each
The Airborne Band from
Tamale provided melodious songs to the audience to entertain themselves on the
The concert, which is
the first of its kind in the area, after the people in the area smoked peace
pipe, saw most of the ethnic groups coming together to have fun.
of police, Mr Yao Tetegah, Bawku Divisional Police Commander in the company of
some other top security commanders, charged the participants, especially the
youth to be agents of change and peace.
He urged them to shun
negative attitudes such as stealing, fighting, fomenting trouble among other
things in society.
Mr Tetegah said the
future was very promising for Bawku and encouraged the youth to endeavour to
cultivate good lifestyles that would guarantee their development in future, adding
that they would only enjoy the future when they become responsible leaders.
He said the pride of
every nation lies in its youth, since the state puts in all the necessary measures
to secure their future.
Mr. Tetegah, said the
youth focus on acquiring responsible lifestyles by concentrating on their
education or acquiring skill that would earn them living.
Mr Tetegah called on
parents to be role models to their children, adding that it would give them good
foundation to develop.
He said searching for
wealth and failing give attention to the development of their children was a
Alhaji Adam Karim,
Chief Executive for the White Dove Group of Companies in Bawku and the official
sponsor of the concert, challenged the people to see peace as a tool for national
Alhaji Karim urged
parents to see the education of their children as an important venture to
invest in and provide the needed assistance that would aid them to attain quality
life for the development of their communities.
He pointed out that
education was the bedrock for national development and providing it with the
needed resources and attention was the right way to drum home development, and lauded
the youth in the area for their cooperation in the search for peace.
The Bawku Inter-Ethnic
Peace Committee which is the focal agent for initiating the peace process in
the area commended the organizers of the programme for bringing the people
together and making them understand that they were one people with a common destiny.
The activities prior
to the concert begun with a clean up exercise organized by the Bawku for Peace
Association and a float by members of the White Dove Keep-Fit Club and some
members of the community through the principal streets of Bawku to preach peace