|‘Zongo’ Fund To Address Needs Of Zongo Communities-Dr Bawumia|
|Monday, 25 June 2012 14:11|
The 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said that the proposed Inner City Development Fund under a Nana Akufo-Addo administration is aimed at addressing the basic needs of various zongo communities as well as other inner city communities across the country.
Dr Bawumia said this at the Madina mosque when he joined fellow Muslims for Friday Jummah Prayer, a statement from the press office of the running mate stated.
Dr Bawumia, said, ‘’as you might have already heard, the Nana Akufo-Addo administration would establish a ‘’Zonogo’’ Development Fund which would be included in all budgets. It is important that we set up this fund because since independence, little has been done to specifically solve the problem of amenities and other basic needs of our zongos and other inner cities.’’
He added, ‘’this fund would be used to provide the necessary amenities in the zongo so life can be significantly improved for residents.’’ The lmam of the mosque, Shiekh Abdallah, in his submission, welcomed Dr Bawumia to the mosque and stated his delight that the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate had joined the congregants for the Jummah Prayers.
Dr Bawumia also informed the congregants that the next NPP administration would establish an Islamic Teachers Training College to ensure that Islamic teachers and young Muslims get the necessary facilities and standard tuition to become Islamic teachers and to help spread the teaching and study of Islam.
Dr Bawumia was at the mosque in the company of the National Coordinator of Nasara, Alhaji Abubakar Sulemana.
In a related development, Dr Bawumia asked Ghanaians to continuously pray and work towards unity and peace before, during and after this year’s elections.
Speaking to the Muslim Ummah (congregant) after the prayers in Hausa, Dr Bawumia said, ‘’I am here to ask you to remember to constantly say a prayer for the nation especially in this crucial election year.
It is important that we go into this elections and emerge out of it as one united ready to move into a new era of development and transformation and this would depend on our prayers and our commitment to the course of this nation.’’
Shiekh Abdallah, in his hutuba, advised parents and all Ghanaians to take keen interest in the education of their wards. He noted that the only true path to eliminating poverty was through quality education and urged Ghanaian not to joke with education.
Dr Bawumia also stated that he was happy that the Imam of the mosque had spoken about education. He pointed out that the Nana Akufo-Addo administration had decided to prioritise education and make senior high school free because the NPP had realised that it was critical for the nation’s future.
He said that the fight against poverty could not be won without education and noted that to boost growth and transform the society, it was necessary for Ghana to build a skilled and educated human resource base. This could only be done through prioritising quality education, the NPP running mate indicated.
Source: Daily Graphic