Naana Eyiah, Deputy Minister of the Interior says Ghana can best consolidate its peace when citizens assume a collective role in the nation’s peace architecture and not shirk the responsibility to govern.
This she said calls for all to contribute and promote peaceful co-existence regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin and economic or social status.
The Deputy Minister said this at a seminar for inmates of the Senior Correctional Centre (SCC) in Accra.
The event was jointly organized by the National Peace Council (NPC) and the SCC under the auspices of the Ghana Prisons Service (GPS).
It was on the theme: “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.”
She said if Ghana’s youthful population was given the needed attention and investment, they could unearth their potential to the benefit of the country.
“On the contrary, the future of our beloved country will be in danger if we allow our youthful excitement to misguide our view and regard for one another’s social-economic differences,” she said.
Madam Eyiah said in an open society like that of Ghana, values such as peace, trust and understanding were some of the cornerstones for building a peaceful country.
She said citizens should do their best to eliminate influences that led to fear and rejection of others and help young people to develop capacities for independent judgment, critical thinking and ethical reasoning.
Madam Eyiah advised young offenders not to be bitter with themselves or with society for being confined at the Centre but see their presence there as a period of learning and reformation.