The Executive Chairman of the Zoomlion and Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyapong, on Sunday urged Imams and other Muslim leaders to disseminate environmental messages in sermons to their congregations.
He asked the Muslim community to join the country’s fight to get rid of filth to reduce the occurrence of infectious diseases like cholera and diarrhoea.
Dr Agyepong made the call at a thanksgiving service organised by the company in conjunction with the Muslim community to give thanks and praises to Allah for his continuous blessing to the country.
“We will not achieve the desired result without support of the community, no matter the investment and logistics Zoomlion and the government put in place,” he said.
Dr Agyepong said it was important to give thanks to Allah for taking his companies out of problems and making them grow from strength to strength.
He said the company had collaborated with the Muslim community to execute many projects including the construction of the Hajj Village, donation of items during Muslim festivals, and given public education on sanitation in the Muslim communities.
Dr Agyepong said the companies would distribute two million waste bins in 2016 in the country and continue with its efforts to eradicate filth and resolve the sanitation challenges facing the country.
The National Chief Imam Sheikh (Dr) Osman Nuhu Sharu-butu, offered special prayers to Allah to endow the President, the Vice President, ministers of state and official national officers with good leadership, to steer the affairs of the country.
Prayers were also said seeking Allah’s blessing for peaceful electioneering and conduct of the 2016 general election.
The Chief Imam noted that there were plethora of verses in the Holy Qu’ran on cleanliness and “every year, both Muslims and Christians and Zoomlion join hands to thank Allah for the year’s work”.
Present at the event were the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr (Major) Mustapha Ahmed, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, Members of Parliament and other government officials.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman