Muslims have celebrated this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr festival, signifying the end of the Ramadan fasting, in Kintampo North Municipality.


Right from Benkrom through Kadelso, Gulumpe, Portor, Dawadawa, and Babatokuma, including Kintampo, the administrative capital, a few Muslims observed the solemn event on Sunday.


The picture was, however, different when a multitude of Muslims worshippers filled up the Kintampo Senior High School’s football pitch the following day by 10:00am for the Eid prayers.


The Municipal Chief Imam, Alhaji Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, thanked Allah for guiding all Muslims throughout the Ramadan period, while extending his appreciation to government for recognising the day a national holiday.


Alhaji Abdul Aziz appealed to all Muslims to live in peace and unity and exhorted the youth in particular to eschew all forms of social vices.


Chief Issifu Fanyinamah III, the Overlord of all the ethnic groups of northern extraction in Kintampo, added his voice in his Eid message for the people of Kintampo to co-exist peacefully and be each other’s keeper, stressing that peace is a necessary ingredient for the development of the area.


The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Micheal Sarkodie Baffoe, the Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Kwesi Etu-Bonde and other dignitaries,joined the worshippers to pray.


In his Eid message to the people, Hon. Micheal Sarkodie Baffoe, thanked all Muslims for devoting 30 days of fasting and praying for the prosperity of everyone and the country.


The Hon. MCE also took the opportunity to inform the gathering that the Municipal Assembly had taken delivery of 24, 000 bags of fertilizers from government as part of the government’s policy of “Planting for food and jobs”, and therefore, encouraged everyone to take steps to access the fertilizers for farming this season.


There was also a Ramadan football knockout competition at the Rawling’s Park in Kintampo later in the day, involving a football team each from the 12 electoral areas in the Kintampo township.


The Sunkwa electoral area team beat that of the Mo-line electoral area a lone goal to emerge winner.Both teams took away undisclosed sums of money but the winner was added a trophy in the hotly contested 2- day competition.


Present to watch the grand finale were, Chief Fanyinamah III and some of his sub-chiefs, the MCE, some political leaders and Assemblymen and women from the electoral areas.


In a closing remark, Chief Fanyinamah III underscored the significance of the competition which, he said, was devoid of fighting, violence and politics. He praised the organisers for restoring the competition, urging them to repeat the event yearly since it promoted peace and fostered unity, all hall marks of progress.


Source: ISD (Cyril Yabang)