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General News of Thursday, 6 September 2018

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Kumasi Zongo leaders call on Dr Abdul-Hamid

The Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has stated that development will not be skewed in favour of any group of people in the inner cities and Zongos.

He said equity and fairness would be maintained in the quest to turn the fortunes of inner cities and Zongo communities around.

“The President’s prime concern is the development of inner cities and Zongo communities. It doesn’t matter to him if you voted for him or not,” he said.

Dr Abdul-Hamid stated this when the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul-Mumin Harun, and a delegation of Muslim leaders from the region paid a courtesy call on him at his office yesterday.

Education is key

Dr Abdul-Hamid stressed the need for Zongo communities to take the education of their children seriously, since that was the surest way of defeating ignorance, poverty and disease.
“The President’s agenda is to create a society of opportunities and of inclusion where every Ghanaian has the opportunity to develop his or her God-given talents irrespective of the place and circumstance of their birth,” he said.

The minister gave an assurance that he would at all times consult with the community leaders so that whatever decisions were arrived at regarding the development of the Zongo communities would be in the interest of the people.

Making reference to the Qur’an, he said Allah admonished Muslims to obey him and obey the messenger and those in authority.

“You are the people who are in authority amongst us. And, therefore, consultation with you is incumbent upon me,” he told the delegation.

Assurance

The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam said their visit was to assure the minister of their total support in his quest to lead in the development of inner cities and Zongo communities.

He was thankful to Allah for bringing Dr Abdul-Hamid to the ministry at this time, adding, “you could not have been brought to the Zongo Ministry at a better time than this.”

Sheikh Abdul-Mumin said the energy, drive and commitment demonstrated by the minister towards the cause of Zongo communities were commendable.

“ Even when you were not the minister for Zongos, you were on hand to offer help to us in our times of need,” he stated.

The Regional Chief Imam admonished the minister to be patient in his dealings with the people, saying “we can be very annoying, but you have to exercise a lot of patience to be able to deal with us”.

Burial rites

The delegation took the opportunity to inform the minister that three of the young men who were killed by the police at Manso Nkwanta would be buried today at the Tafo Cemetery after Muslim burial rites at the Kumasi Central Mosque.

The minister assured them that he would attend the burial rites.

Sod-cutting

Dr Abdul-Hamid also informed the Chief Imam and the other leaders that on Friday, September 7, 2018, he would cut the sod for the construction of an astro turf at the Highlanders Park at Aboabo in the Asawase Constituency.

Other members of the delegation included Ustarz Abdul-Razak Umar of Nasiriyya Islamic School at Aboabo; Alhaji Ahmed Yakubu of Wataniyya Islamic School, Khalifa Ustarz Abdul-Rahman Ahmad of the Hamdaniyya School at Akron, and Sheikh Maahe, who served as spokesperson for the group.