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GOVT COMPENSATES FAMILIES OF ASAWASE SHOOTING VICTIMS

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced a compensation package of GHC1.75 million to be paid to the families of the victims of last year’s Asawase police shooting incident.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced a compensation package of GHC1.75 million to be paid to the families of the victims of last year’s Asawase police shooting incident.

Irreplaceable loss

According to President Akufo-Addo, GHC250,000 for each of the seven families is to be paid to the dependants of the deceased. He declared that “even though money cannot replace the life of a human being, it is being offered as a way of accepting the responsibility of the state in this tragic affair”.

He appealed to residents of Asawase and the families of the victims to continue to exercise restraint as the matter is addressed within the confines of the law and due process.

President Akufo-Addo disclosed this when he delivered a speech at the maiden Zongo for Peace and Development Conference, held in Kumasi yesterday.

Interdiction

The President said that, following recommendations by the committee set up to investigate the matter, he has directed the Inspector General of Police to interdict the police personnel involved.

“Processes have been initiated that will result in the prosecution of any police person who is allegedly found to have acted outside the law,” he said.

The President expressed his displeasure at the way some irresponsible people have been exploiting the inevitable gap between the occurrence of the event and its final resolution to instigate residents of Asawase to resort to violence. He therefore urged them to continue to ignore these agents provocateurs, and continue to uphold the peace.

“I assure you that justice will be served. I am determined on it,” he stressed.

Peace for development

Speaking on the theme for the conference, “Building our Zongo Community Through Tolerance and Peace”, the President noted that good intentions and the desire for development will come to naught if citizens do not strive for peace in their communities.

“That is why cabinet has endorsed the proposal by the Inner-City and Zongo Development Ministry for the activation of the ‘Zongo for Peace and Development Initiative’. This conference, the first in the series, is testament to that fact.

“I live in Nima, and I refuse to accept the ‘anti-peace/violent’ tag associated with residents of zongos. That is not, and cannot be true. I have lived at peace with my neighbours in Nima for decades, stretching back to the days of the early period of my youth in my father’s house,” he noted.

The President explained that, without peace, the government cannot activate processes that will lead to an improvement in the living standards of zongo residents.

New pact

President Akufo-Addo gave his assurance that the NPP government would continue to partner zongo communities in order to bring progress and prosperity to their residents.

He added that the residents of zongo communities, in the run-up to Ghanas independence and up to about a decade thereafter, were the natural allies of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition.

He expressed his determination to sign a new pact between the NPP and residents of zongo communities.

“We must not let the toils of Amadu Baba and Othman Lardan, which earned them deportation to Nigeria by Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP government, go to waste.

“They sought partnership with the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, precisely because they believed that this is the partnership that will bring development to the zongo communities,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo said that 2019 promises to be a good year for development in the zongo communities.

“I urge you to give the Zongo Minister, an ardent champion of the potential of residents of zongo communities to chart a path of progress and prosperity for themselves, the maximum co-operation and support, so that together we shall improve the living conditions of all our people,” he said.