The Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development (MICZD) has pledged to rally Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating within and outside the country for the development of Zongo communities in Ghana.
The Minister, Alhaji Abu-Bakar Saddique Boniface, hinted the press when he interacted with officials of the Qatar Charity at his office in Accra, and disclosed that the Ministry intends to have a session with these NGOs which operate in the Zongo communities.
“We will have a session with the NGOs assisting in uplifting the image of the Zongo communities in the country as part of the mandate of the Ministry”, he told the three-man Qatar Charity delegation made up of Isseddin Daitallah; a Director, Dr. Mohammed Hafiz Amadu, Social Welfare Manager and Mahdi Adam Osman, Programmes Manager.
He said there is the need for collaboration for non-partisan groups already in the Zongo communities to ensure coordinated efforts in addressing the Zongo menace.
“We are ready to fall on these NGOs that are sympathetic to the course of the Ministry in executing the four thematic areas of the Ministry”, he stated.
According to him, since Ghana was not an Islamic state, where ‘Zakat’ could be used for the development of vulnerable areas in the society, the only way that this could be done was to look for partnerships to put smiles on the faces of people in the Zongo communities.
On his part; the director of the Qatar Charity, Isseddin Daitallah said the organization was willing to partner the Ministry in the areas of education, sanitation, water provision, among others, to save the lives of the vulnerable in the Zongo communities across the country.
“My team has agreed to partner with your Ministry to make the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s dream of seeing developments in the Zongo communities a reality.
The Ministry was led by a high-powered team, comprising the Chief Director of the Ministry, Gifty Mahama, Cletus Anarfo, Director of Finance and Administration, Amina Sammo, Director of Projects and Programmes and Dr. Joseph Darmoe, Director of Research, Statistics and Information Management.