Eastern Regional Minister Eric Kwakye Darfour, has called on teachers and school children in the Kwahu Enclave, who reportedly abandoned their posts and left their communities after reprisal attacks between nomadic herdsmen believed to be of Fulani extraction and some farmers, led to the deaths of ten people, to return to their schools.
Briefing the media after a stakeholders’ meeting with the chiefs, cattle owners and the nomadic herdsmen at Kwahu Mpraeso to find lasting solutions to the clashes, the Minister asked the teachers to return to post.
“There is apparent peace there even though the whole area has been abandoned, the security men are patrolling the area and from the interactions that we have had, we believe strongly that schools can commence their normal activities. I have instructed the District Education Director to inform all the teachers in the enclave to come back.”
“When we got there, you saw that the kids were willing and ready to go back to school, but the teachers are not available because of these attacks.”
The Minister also assured the residents of their safety as he considers measures to add more security personnel.
We are monitoring the security situation so the personnel here will be on duty for some time and I am calling on more men to be deployed there as reinforcement. The schools are located at vantage points, but the communities have been scattered all over and the kids are not having access to the schools, so I am thinking that more police officers should be deployed to the other areas and provide protection for the schools and even accompany the kids.”
Eric Kwakye Darfour, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw assured the people of government’s commitment to address the issues between the locals and the herdsmen.