The Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana (COMOG), an Islamic advocacy group yesterday called on political parties to tell Ghanaians how they would address discrimination such as abolishing of practising their faith in state institutions when voted into office.
According to the COMOG, the bias towards them violated the principle of freedom of association and worship enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The group made the call during a press conference in Accra to inform the public on what they claimed are pertinent issues affecting the Muslim communities nationwide.
Addressing the media, Abdel-Manan Abdel Rahman, the General Secretary of COMOG said administrators of some government second cycle institutions forced Muslim children to practise other religious faiths at the expense of theirs.
He added that, some state institutions especially those in the educational and health sector do not allow workers in the Islamic faith to observe their beliefs in their dressing code such as wearing of the hijab.
“We are calling on political parties contesting in this year’s election to speak on these issues on how to solve them when given the mandate,” he said.
Mr. Rahman bemoaned that the directive by President John Dramani Mahama to “abolish the unfair treatment” by these state institutions have not been adhered to, adding that, it has not promoted inter-religious practices in Ghana.
He indicated that his outfit would support any political party that was ready to provide policies that would address the issues effectively.
On the Hajj Board, the COMOG leader said the board had not been transparent in their activities making it unpopular among the Muslim communities in Ghana.
The government, he insisted should provide detailed roadmap of how the Hajj Board would be managed in the years ahead.
On finance, Mr. Rahman revealed that his outfit had proposed the establishment of an Islamic bank which would follow the ethics of Islam financial management principles, adding that its passage had not been given attention.
“Islamic financing would have an ethical value which would be incorporated in the conventional banking system,” he stressed.
According to the COMOG General Secretary , the financial resources realised would not be used to brew alcohol and production of tobacco among other unethical practices of the religion.
Mr. Rahman disclosed that a lot of petitions had gone to stakeholders in the financial industry but had not been given the necessary support and attention.
The acceptance of the bank, he said would not benefit only Muslims but non- Muslims as well, adding that it was meant for all.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah