Alavanyo-Nkonya Peace Committee calls for calm in land conflict

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Alavanyo-Nkonya Peace Committee (ANPC) of North America has appealed to the chiefs and people of Nkonya and Alavanyo to exercise maximum restraint in the land conflict which has escalated, resulting in deaths on both sides.

The ANPC was formed by some concerned citizens from the two traditional areas resident in North America in 2006 to serve as a unified mouthpiece on issues pertaining to their respective traditional areas and also foster friendship and good neighbourliness, both at home and abroad.

At an emergency meeting held in Toronto, Canada, on March 10, 2013 to discuss, among other things, strategies towards permanent peace and mutual trust, following recent disturbances in

Alavanyo and Nkonya, the committee, in a joint communiqué addressed to President John Mahama and copied to Togbega Tsedze Atakora VII and Nana Okotor Kofi I, the Paramount chiefs of the

Alavanyo and the Nkonya Traditional areas, respectively, called on the two communities to desist from any provocation and all forms of violence and expose and report to the security agents citizens with intent to disturb the peace.

It also asked the two traditional areas to return to the negotiation table to work towards total peace.

The communiqué further asked the President to, as a matter of utmost urgency, intervene to help save lives and property.

Ministers, government officials, religious bodies, non-governmental organisations, youth groups and individuals involved in the peace negotiations were also served copies of the communiqué.

Messrs Simon Adzraku and Edward Anku signed the communiqué on behalf of the Alavanyo group, while Messrs Obed Adore and Foster Owuatuh signed for the Nkonya group. 

After the signing ceremony, members of the committee dined together in the spirit of friendship and solidarity.

The dinner was sponsored by Ms Mavis Tekpeki, the Proprietress of Afro Delicious Restaurant, specialists in continental African cuisine, located at 7007 Islington Avenue at Steeles Avenue West in the city of Vaughan, near Toronto.

Other leading members of the ANPC are Dr Evans Z. Fiakpui, Mr Kwabena Dwemena, Mr Philip Kewame Fosu, Dr Mattson Atsunyo, Dr Samuel Dzodzomenyo, Mr Newton Kofi Fiakpoe, Ms Comfort Adom-Boafo, Ms Comfort Anku, Mr Charles Atsu Fiakpoe and Mr Parku Pongo.