Regional News Sat, 10 Mar 2012

Zongo chiefs should counsel youth against violence in election 2012

Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, has urged chiefs and religious leaders in Zongo communities to counsel their youth to refrain from violent behaviours to make the forthcoming general election the most peaceful elections in Ghana’s history.

He said the youth especially those living in the Zongo communities were often used by politicians to cause mayhem to gratify their selfish individual ambitions.

Alhaji Sulemana who paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of the Zongo community in Wa, urged the youth not to allow themselves to be influenced by money.

He advised them to adopt a strategy to name and shame any individual or group of persons who would want to use them to perpetrate violence.

According to him, the election could only be peaceful if the youth said no to violence and politicians stopped making unguided statements.


The Minister, who was the immediate former Ambassador to Egypt, appealed to the media not to give air time to people who hurl insults at their opponents.

Alhaji Sulemana also urged the people to patronize the biometric voter registration system which would start later this month to enable them vote for their preferred candidates.

The people pledged support to the Minister and appealed to him to improve on the drainage system in the area.

They commended the Government for the massive educational infrastructure expansion in public schools including Islamic schools across the country.

They urged the government not to be distracted by opposition criticisms but continue to remain focused on the execution of the “Better Ghana Agenda” in order to improve on the living conditions of the people.

Source: GNA