Vice President Dr
Mahamudu Bawumia, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha celebration, announced that
the Saudi King, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, had promised to finance the
construction of a medical university in the northern part of Ghana.
Additionally, the Saudi King would provide
funding for the construction of 42 Senior High Schools in Ghana.
More also, 40 students, comprising 20 males
and 20 females from Zongo and deprived communities would be trained as medical
doctors in Cuba following a training arrangement agreed between the Cuban
government and Ghana government.
Vice President Bawumia, who announced this
at the national celebration of Eid-uL-Adha at the Black Star Square in Accra on
Sunday, encouraged all Muslims, especially Muslim girls to take the study of
science-based courses seriously, in order to benefit from the programme.
Eid-ul- Adha is an occasion to remember the
sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim made in obedience to the will of Allah and accepted
to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, and was accorded the father of Monotheistic
Vice President Bawumia, therefore, entreated
all Muslims to learn from Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience and remained sincere
towards the cause of national development.
He underscored the need for Muslims to
co-exist peacefully with both Muslims and non-Muslims so that the government
would have peaceful environment to continue implementing its laudable
programmes and policies to better the lots of Ghanaians.
He urged them to be vigilant in their
respective communities and report any suspicious characters or agent
provocateurs to the security agencies, in order not to disturb the peace and
tranquility prevailing in the country.
He said President Akufo-Addo’s
administration was committed towards developing the Zongo Communities, hence
the creation of the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development and Zongo
Development Fund, to champion the development of Zongos and inner cities, to
ensure equitable distribution of the national resources.
He lauded the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr
Osman Nuhu Shaributu for his exemplary leadership that promoted religious
tolerance across the nation thereby making Ghana an envy across the world.
Alhaji Alhassan Sulley, Chairman of the Eid
Planning Committee, who read an address on behalf of Chief Imam, urged Muslims
to submit themselves totally to the will of Allah by sacrificing themselves to
his call as Prophet Ibrahim did.
He, thus, entreated all religious Muslim
leaders to guide their congregants to observe the holy teachings of Quran to
promote peace and harmony in the country.
He advised all Muslims and Ghanaians to pray
for God’s guidance as the nation was heading for a national election next year,
so that they would make a good choice and select a leader that would promote
the wellbeing of the people to engender development.
The National Chief Imam prayed for peace of
the nation and Allah’s wisdom and guidance for President Akufo-Addo, Vice
President Bawumia and the entire government.
A camel donated by Vice President Bawumia
was slaughtered to symbolically mark the Eid-ul-Adha celebration, which is a
festival of sacrifice.