July 12, 2013

In recognition of the crucial role a peaceful environment plays in the socio-economic development of nations and communities, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe, Hon. Dr (Mrs) Bernice Adiku Heloo has called on citizens of both Alavanyo and Nkonya to live in peace in the interest of the community.

People of the two communities have been at logger heads over a protracted boundary disputes since 1923.

Speaking in an interview with Spyghana.com in Parliament House last week, the MP pleaded with the two feuding communities to avoid taking arms against each other and return to the negotiation table to iron out their differences. She called on government to institute a third party independent body to look into the concerns of the two communities thoroughly for a lasting peace.

Hon Bernice Heloo who is also the Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology cautioned any person(s) who may be harboring any hidden interest or negative influence of the Nkonya/Alavanyo situation for their selfish gains, to stay off because the law would catch up with them.

The MP expressed delight at the peace accord signed in Accra by the Chiefs and elders of both communities and urged government to expedite action on the construction of a police station in Alavanyo as one of the measures of curbing the social unrest between the two communities. She noted that the presence of a police post within the Alavanyo area will contribute in reducing crime significantly.

Hon Heloo thanked the chiefs, elders, youth and the entire people of Nkonya and Alavanyo for their patience and urged them to further cooperate with the security services and government to ensure that a lasting peace is achieved for the needed development to take place in their respective communities.

By Christian Kpesese