Mr Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this very important Statement.
Mr Speaker, I happened to be part of two delegations that visited the areas in the past. I did not get any impression that the people of Alavanyo and Nkonya were not interested in living side by side in peace. Indeed, they all acknowledged the fact that nobody is capable of winning this conflict and indeed, nobody has ever won this conflict. I agree with the Hon Member who made the Statement, that the effect of this unfortunate situation has led to a situation where development in the area is not going on the way it should.
However, Mr Speaker, I would want us to have a look at this. Do we really have any evidence or do the security agencies have any evidence to suggest that the recent spate of killings are masterminded by people from one community against the other? I doubt it.
Is this not possibly an act of criminality being perpetuated by some people who should be investigated? This is because I have spoken to the chiefs of these areas personally and I do not see that level of vengeance in any of them any longer. They want to go on, so, I would want the security agencies to take a critical look at that.
Mr Speaker, Hon Aboagye made a suggestion. If you were to try to go from Alavanyo to Nkonya, the road is almost an abandoned road.
Mr Speaker, because of the nature of the situation, nobody would want to travel between the two towns. So, I would suggest that, maybe, the Government could take a look at it and say that they would build the road between Alavanyo and Nkonya and name it a peace highway and let us see whether that would improve the interconnectivity between the two towns.
Mr Speaker, I am also happy the Hon Minister for Defence has taken up the suggestion that had been made many years ago, that the Government should take over the lands because, if you know these two communities, they have vast lands available. So, it is interesting that everybody is fighting over a small piece of land when the vast majority of the lands around them is still not in use. So, if the military would take over and use it for a purpose, that would be helpful.
Mr Speaker, it would interest you to note that there is a very specialised craftsmanship in that community that some of us suggested some time ago.
I remember the first gun I ever saw in my life, which belonged to my grandfather, was made in one of those communities. And I have been asking; if the military were to take over and do what
they do in other countries, where the arms industry is owned by other countries, could we not have the situation where the military would take over and give training to those people, so that we would have an industry that is built around that?
Mr Speaker, indeed, Ghanaian security forces buy arms from somewhere. It is created by other people, so, if we have craftsmanship in this country, who says that if they manufacture arms in Ghana, it would lead to more conflict?
Mr Speaker, I would urge the Hon Minister for Defence to consider this. Alavanyo and Nkonya are very good in gun manufacturing, at least, the ones we use to hunt in our villages, they can manufacture. So, the military could consider that.
I am completely against anybody who says that if we encourage them to produce arms, it would lead to a bigger conflict. It is not true, because any time Ghana Military buys ammunition, they buy from another country and that does not necessarily lead to more conflicts in those countries.
Mr Speaker, with these few words, I would urge the security agencies to investigate this. Do we really have evidence that, when we see somebody dead on the streets of Nkonya today, that person might have been murdered by somebody from Alavanyo or vice versa?
We have land disputes across this country. In fact, there is probably land dispute in Osu, but that does not lead to people killing each other every day. There is land dispute everywhere, but maybe somebody is taking undue advantage of this situation and committing crimes.
Let us not look at this situation as a conflict between Alavanyo and Nkonya, because, speaking to the elders in those