Ghana-Nigeria trade feud: NGOs to hold West Africa Peace Dialogue

Pro-peace civil society organizations, the Africa Centre for Peace Building, Global Educators for All Initiatives, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa have announced that it will hold the West Africa Peace Dialogue from September 20-21, 2019 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra-Ghana.

The Dialogue which is themed “Sustaining Regional Peace To Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa” is expected to bring together government officials, media, legal practitioners, academic and civil society organizations within the West African Sub-regions to “explore how best members within the sub-region can promote sisterhood, peace and trade for the development of the people whilst taking into account national laws and international treaties.”

Mahogany Hotel and Suites(Ibadan)
08099887255/ 08083061500

Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB, Korsi Senyo in a press statement obtained by GodfreyTimes, said “In recent times, Africa is experiencing a new trend of conflict – Xenophobic attacks which was witnessed in South Africa. The most recent is Ghana and Nigeria trade feud and this development if not curbed, will become a serious threat to African Unity.”

“We, as organizations with strong foundation built on the principles of peace and harmony see that peaceful co-existence among neighboring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which leads to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest.” – he said.

Mr. Senyo noted that “adherence to national laws without key references to regional laws and treaties signed by states within a region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.”

On the format of the event, he said “The dialogue will have keynote addresses and panel discussions where speakers and high personalities will be assembled from the business community, law, media, academia and governments to discuss specific areas. This will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers and panelists on the issues.”

“The second section will focus on research paper presentation where researchers who have done some works on the areas of such conflicts will help find some  underminning factors to such conflict and how they can be resolved.”

He has since called on the media, corporate bodies to support the programme.

Dunamis Kente
+233 50 257 6068

“We use  this medium to call on the media, corporate bodies and development partners within the West African sub-region and beyond to support this dialogue.”