The Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has reiterated government’s commitment to the welfare of Muslim communities in Ghana.
According to him, several projects are the offing to cater for the developmental needs of the Zongo communities which will in no time, turn around the prospects of the persons—especially youths leaving in those areas.
The minister who was speaking at the 61st Anniversary celebration of the Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM) said, in area of education, government as implemented technical and vocational programmes to train the Zongo youths.
But to ensure that these programmes become successful, he called on Muslims living in those areas to embrace the projects while pursuing unity.
“If we are not united, there is no way we can foster peace and if we don’t foster peace, there is no way we can take advantage of whatever development any government wants to bring us,” Dr. Hamid said.
To compliment government’s efforts, the Ghana Muslim Mission said it will continue to develop Muslim communities in the country as well as expand Islam.
The mission was established in 1957 and has carried out several development projects across the country.
It has funded the construction of a total of 120 basic and senior high schools (SHS) across the country.
The GMM has also provided several Zongo communities with amenities such as boreholes and other sanitation facilities.
At the 61st anniversary celebration of the mission held in Kumasi, the National Chairman for the GMM Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu said, the mission will continue to roll out development programmes.
“Due to the gapping infrastructure deficits in Islamic and Arabic education at the basic and senior high school level, the GMM is in the process of establishing four colleges of education in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Eastern Regions,” he stated.
General Secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketia commended the mission for its humanitarian work in the last 61 years.
While delivering a keynote address, he called on government to with urgency complete some developmental projects that the erstwhile NDC had begun in some Zongo communities as well as in other parts of the country.
He said, “There are infrastructure especially school buildings, dormitories and dining halls, that the NDC began, they should help and continue. We plead with them to continue all those abandoned projects.”
An ultra-modern mosque built by a member of the mission, Alhaji Amponsah Mohammed, was inaugurated at the ceremony.
By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey