Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Rashid Pelpuo is to embark on a peace campaign in the three northern regions in the country.
The campaign seeks to ensure the regions, which have been characterised by conflicts over the years, experience peaceful atmosphere to bring about the much needed development to put them at par with the other regions of the country.
Dr Pelpuo said this when he was awarded with the international Icon of Peace Award in Nigeria by the World Institute of Peace.
“This award in fact has given me another energy which will urge me on to embark on an education in the three northern regions, to speak and encourage especially the youth to understand the importance of peaceful co-existence, which will bring the development that we want.
” It is only with peace and stability that we can also develop in our part of the country. We have to stop that ‘devil’ which is always finding jobs for idle hands, the three northern regions must and have to develop,” he said.
The award was in recognition of his tremendous efforts in promoting peace and enhancing humanitarian services across the world, especially through poetry. Dr Pelpuo has written series of poetry for projection of the peace of the world.
The recognition, he said, would motivate him to bring reality to his thoughts and do more on his peaceful campaigns.
He told Onua FM Tuesday that t is only peace that can bring progress to any nation, and urged his “colleagues from the three northern regions to join me in this project, as well as all peace-loving Ghanaians because the time is now”
Dr Pelpuo said critical elements in any economic activity are peace, security and the elimination of corruption and abuse of power.
Meanwhile, as the key speaker at the World Institute for Peace, he underscored the need for young people to be involvement in tourism.
He said young people must endeavour to develop the appropriate frame of mind and skill to enable them overcome the sense of dependency in much part of the African society.
He labeled violent behaviour in some young people as backward and distasteful.
According to Dr Pelpuo young people with the right attitude can take advantage of the many opportunities that abound and the huge human resource potential all over Africa.
They can invest in key areas of the economy rather than wait for the Asians, the Americans and the Europeans to come to their countries to invest and buy off their conscience, he said.
By Bright Dzakah|Onua 95.1 FM|3news.com|Ghana