Vice President, Dr  Bawumia holding discussion with Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu

Vice President, Dr Bawumia holding discussion with Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu

The Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has given the strongest indication that the government will make major investment in infrastructure next year with the construction of 1,500 kilometres of new roads.

 

He said a three-year programme had been initiated by the government to construct roads, bridges and interchanges across the country to transform agriculture and the economy.

 

Speaking at the annual celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad organised by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu at his residence in Fadama on Sunday, the Vice President said construction of railway lines to link Accra to Paga in the Upper East Region, Accra-Kumasi and Accra to Takoradi would also begin next year.

 

Describing the move as initiating the second gear, having fulfilled major electioneering campaign promises such as the implementation of the Free Senior High School, Planting for Food and Jobs,  restoration of the teacher trainee and nursing allowances, Alhaji Bawumia said government was determined to do more.

 

Dr Bawumia hinted that in 2018, a cedi equivalent of one million dollars would be allocated to each of the 275 constituencies to undertake developmental projects.

 

On education, he said government would engage the services of 3,000 Arabic teachers as efforts were being made to introduce the Arabic language as an examinable subject in schools.

 

He said the Zongo Development Fund which seeks to ensure uniformity in development in Zongo communities would attract investments to create jobs for the youth.

 

While reiterating the commitment of the government to improve the lives of Ghanaians through the implementation of programmes and policies, he said youth unemployment remained a major challenge for the country.

 

Touching on the essence of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, he urged Muslims to relive his legacies of patience, tolerance, peace and humility, adding that “we cannot attract the kind of investment that would allow us to implement all our policies without peace and stability.”

 

Dr Bawumia thanked the National Chief Imam, whom he described as his father and said his deeds, attitudes and mannerisms were worth emulating.

 

The National Chief Imam, in a speech read for him by Osman Seidu, his executive secretary, implored Muslims to uphold the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, eschew divisive tendencies and love one another devoid of religious, social and political orientations.

 

He commended President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fight galamsey and corruption, which he considered the bane of Ghana’s development and prayed for peaceful coexistence, development and prosperity for the nation.

 

Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu commiserated with the families of the senior high students who lost their lives following the outbreak of some communicable diseases in parts of the country and prayed for speedy recovery for those on admission at hospitals.

 

Maulid, is observed in Raubiu Awal, the birth month of Prophet Muhammad and the third month on the Islamic Calendar to celebrate his life. This year, marked the 60th anniversary celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad by the National Chief Imam.

 

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

 

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