Accra, Oct. 6, GNA – The National Executive of the Zongo Caucus of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has paid a courtesy call on the Chiefs and Imams of Madina and Ogbojo in the Greater Accra Region to initiate their campaign in area.
The visit was to seek the Chief permission as the caucus prepares to embark on a door-to-door campaign in the area to win votes for the NDC in the up-coming December general elections.
Alhaji Baba Sheriff, Deputy National Coordinator of the caucus, noted that the NDC government in its quest to prioritize education was currently paying Arabic teachers in most English and Arabic schools in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions and would soon be expanded to other regions.
He said education remained the bedrock and surest means of developing the human resource base of every country and that government in its effort was providing and making basic education accessible to all.
Alhaji Sheriff urged the Ghanaian electorate to vote massively for President John Mahama, who had promised jobs, peace, progress, stability and development.
He promised a hitch-free pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia this year adding that “as has always been the precedent, the government of the NDC would always ensure that Muslims perform the Hajj ritual successfully.”
Alhaji Yussif Captain, National Coordinator of the Zongo Caucus, said the members of the caucus cut across tribes, religions and ethnic groups and that the ideology of the NDC was not discriminatory.
He said the legacy of the late President John Evans Atta Mills to investing in Ghanaians and creating jobs opportunities would be continued by President John Dramani Mahama.
Alhaji Sheriff noted the NDC under the leadership of President Mahama would continue to deliver on its manifesto promise of the 'Better Ghana Agenda'.
He said the party over the past three and a half years had demonstrated its commitment to improving social, economic and political infrastructure of the country, adding, “Ghana would continue to live in peace and maintain its international acclaimed status as the beacon of democracy and peace in African.”
Imam Abadallah, Chief Imam of Madina on behalf of the Chiefs and Imams, said politicians must put the interest of Ghanaians and Ghana first in all their endeavours and desist from making unguarded statements which had the tendency to destabilize the country.
He also tasked Ghanaians to continue to thank God his blessing on them and pray for peace to prevail in the country before, during and after the elections.
Imam Abdallah said the NDC had established the Islamic Education Unit to improve education in the zongo communities and that there was the need to strengthen education in the zongo communities by improving on educational infrastructure for people in the zongos.
He said youth in the zongo communities deserved better education needed to build the human resource base of Muslims and Ghana at large, adding “we in the zongo communities have Doctors and all kind of professionals.”
Imam Abdallah also prayed for good health for President Mahama, Vice President Amissah Authur, Ministers of State and Ghanaians at large.
Nii Ashie Moore, Aspiring Parliamentary Candidate of the NDC, said God has created the zongo communities with peace and that it was important to work hard and maintain the peaceful atmosphere.
He said the zongo communities was the most accessible communities in the country saying “Unity and development is what we are looking for.”
Nii Moore said a lot was said in 2000 and 2004 by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and that none of the issues raised were fulfill by the Government of President Kuffour.
He promised to lead the people of Adenta with respect, ready to listen, devoid of discrimination and would also attract investors into the constituency.
Ms Nubyl Kakra Vanlere, Municipal Chief Executive of Adenta, said the NDC would educate its supporters on its recent manifesto launched at Ho in the Volta Region.
She said the NDC could give free education to Senior High School level but needed to fixed some important issues such as quality.
Ms Vanlere said the Municipality has constructed boreholes in some electoral areas in the Municipality saying “more would be constructed.”
She said eight schools projects from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) was under construction in the Municipality and that President Mahama when giving the nod would continue to make education affordable to Ghanaians.
Chief Sulemana Bukari Alhassan, Chief of Ogbojo Zongo Community, on behalf of the Chiefs and Imams, said “we would continue to pray for peace in the country and hope that this year’s election would be organized peacefully.”