The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, commended the Northern Regional Peace Council and the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) for their work and urged them to continue to build community resilience, strengthen social cohesion, and help individuals reject extremism.
She presented the commendation during her recent tour of the region where she held meetings with the Northern Regional Minister and Chairman of the Regional Security Council, Mr. Shanui Alhassan Shaibu, representatives of the Northern Regional Peace Council and WANEP.
Mrs. Sullivan who also visited the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Abukari II, Mion Lana, Abdulai Mahamadu, Paramount Chief of Buipe, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor II; and Salaga Paramount Chief Kpembewura Bangabe Ndefuso IV reiterated that the United States is committed to peacebuilding and development in the region.
She told traditional leaders that peacekeeping was necessary for development, adding that “we partner with Ghana to help communities and Ghanaians maximize their potential.”
The United States Ambassador said that projects undertaken by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to equip traditional authorities and regional peace councils with the skills and knowledge to mediate disputes had improved the sustainability of dispute mediation, formalized community land use procedures, encouraged the use of alternative dispute resolution methods and encouraged inclusive governance.
She said USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub helps northern businesses develop export partnerships to access international markets.
Ms. Sullivan noted that many companies in northern Ghana, including those supported by USAID and several US companies, could catalyze private investment, increase their exports, create jobs and connect these new exports to the global market through the lake. Volta and the port of Buipe. .
In Yendi, the U.S. Ambassador toured the new Yendi Government Hospital Trauma and Emergency Ward which is being built by Mission:318, a private U.S. charity that provides services and medical supplies to the Yendi community for over 10 years.
She said that “Americans’ deep connection to Ghanaians is not just about the strong and enduring partnership with the US government; Mission: 318 models, but many values of the American people sharing the fruits of our prosperity and helping others to help themselves. »
Ms. Sullivan also met former students of US exchange programs.