The Deputy Northern Regional Minister Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini has urged the youth to vigilantly maintain the peace in the run up to the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in November.
He said this is because in the event of any violence, the youth will bear most of the brunt of it hence the need for them to guard the peace and prevent any occurrences that can disrupt the elections and put the outcome in disrepute.
Alhaji Fuseini was speaking at the end of Peace Walk organized by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) as their contribution to a peaceful and credible election in November. The MUSIGA initiative dubbed ‘Using Music as a Tool for Cohesive Nation Building During Election 2016’ is supported by STAR Ghana and organization dedicated to Strengthening Transparency Accountability and Responsiveness in Governance.
The deputy regional minister told the gathering that of all the curfews imposed in Ghana, majority of them are in the Northern region and it is therefore imperative that the youth embrace the concept of peaceful and credible elections.
The National Welfare Officer of MUSIGA, Ben Kolaan urged the musicians to continue to sing about peace and remain peace ambassadors. In Bolgatanga, the outgoing MUSIGA Chairperson urged musicians to remain at the vanguard of the peace crusade and continue championing the cause of peace since the absence of peace affects the entire nation.
In Wa, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Issahaku Nuhu-Putiaha urged the youth to resist any machinations by political or other leaders to engage in violent acts that could mar the peace.
He commended MUSIGA for embarking on the nationwide peace walks to promote peace and credible elections. Other leaders of political parties also urged the youth to be resolute in defending the peace in their own interest.
On his part, the National Treasurer of the Union, Samuel Agyeman congratulated the various groups for supporting the peace walk and advised the school children who took part in the walk to consider musical careers since that will allow them to comment on many issues to a variety of people and thereby impact society positively.
The MUSIGA Peace Walks continue in Sunyani on Friday and moves to Cape Coast on Friday June 24 and Takoradi on June 25. The Union is also holding its regional elections alongside the peace walks.
Meanwhile the Union has released a compilation of fifteen peace songs and as part of this year’s VGMAs, the Peace Song of the Year by Joe Mettle and the Next Generation Ministers which was chosen as part of the MUSIGA Peace initiative received GHC 10,000.00 as its prize from Midland Savings and Loans.