Muslim and Zongo chiefs in the Eastern Region have endorsed the re-election bid of President John Dramani Mahama.
Chiefs made the affirmation when a delegation of the Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Zongo Caucus led by Alhaji Shamsu Kwakwa, called on chiefs at Koforidua, Suhum and Nsawam, all in the Eastern Region.
Alhaji Kwakwa, who is also a member of the NDC National Campaign Committee, reminded the chiefs and Imams of the declaration of the Eidul-Fitr and Eidul-Adha as public holidays by the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) administration under the former President Jerry John Rawlings.
He said the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, the then Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa was the first Member of Parliament to oppose the holiday meant for Muslims.
He inferred that a government under Nana Akufo-Addo may reverse these holidays.
Alhaji Kwakwa said the President Mahama administration has shown much love to the people of the Eastern Region by providing them with potable water, roads, school buildings, health facilities and infrastructure.
He said there was the need to seek blessings for President Mahama and reciprocate the love shown the region by massively voting for him to continue his second term.
Alhaji Shamsu Kwakwa said the most of the promises made by President Mahama during his first term campaign has been fulfilled and that these included the completion of the first phase of the Tamale International Airport and the lifting of the pilgrims from the Northern Zone at the airport directly to Saudi Arabia and the construction of the community day senior high schools.
“The projects also include the expansion of the Tema and Takoradi Harbours, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Kasoa interchanges, the Eastern Corridor roads, regional and district hospitals and the construction of the Ho Airport, upgrading of Kumasi and Kotoka International Airports.”
He said President Mahama has annually offered full scholarship to 80 female Muslims to study Medicine in Cuba.
According to Alhaji Kwakwa, these developments were unprecedented in the history of any government that governed the country and that the commitment towards the development of Muslims and Zongo communities was imbedded in the heart of President Mahama.
Alhaji Yussif Captain, Chairman of the NDC Zongo Caucus said the unemployment rate among Zongo youth have reduced through the NDC’s Youth Employment Agency programmes in agriculture, health, teaching and community policing.
He appealed to Ghanaians to reaffirm the presidency of President Mahama to continue with the improvement of the standards of living of the citizenry.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Suhum, Madam Margret Ansei, also urged Ghanaians to maintain the President for more development, social interventions and jobs.
Chief Ali Haruna Kurmi IV, Zongo Chief of Koforidua said Zongo and Muslims chiefs recognised the efforts of President Mahama towards the development of Zongo communities.