A new 1000 capacity mosque at Cantonments to serve as a Central Mosque for the Police Administration and the general public has been inaugurated.
The facility is fitted with a library, large prayer halls, a multipurpose hall and offices and has a spacious car park.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Bright Oduro, Director General, Welfare of the Police, inaugurated the edifice on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. John Kudalor.
He said the Police Service accords much importance to the spiritual and moral upliftment of its personnel, as such acquiring a place of worship for those of Muslim faith was dear to the police administration.
“Fitted with a library, which is opened to the general public irrespective of their faith we are optimistic the edifice will serve its purpose as a place of acquisition of knowledge and a true symbol of religious tolerance and co-existence,” he said.
The IGP assured that the place was not going to be only a place of worship, but an Islamic centre of excellence with open doors for research on matters of religion, guidance and counseling for distressed Police officers.
Present to support the Police Administration to open the edifice was a high hierarchy of the Muslim community, led by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, who led the first congregational prayer.
Also present was Mohammed Alhassan, former IGP, Commissioner of Police Rose Bio Atinga (COP) Director General Research and Planning of the Ghana Police Service, and DCOP Beatrice Zakpaa Vib Sanziri, Director General Human Resource of the Ghana Police Service
Speaking on behalf of the major donors of the edifice, Mr. Salem Kalmoni, disclosed that the sponsors do not seek public recognition but rather dedicating themselves solely to seek the pleasure of Allah. This he said is done through the show of gratitude for Allah’s many blessings by adopting a righteous project.
He expressed the hope that the new mosque would become a beacon of tolerance, guidance and networking among various ethnic groupings and nations.
Mr. Kalmoni said the facility would also help the police, civilians, politicians and diplomats to uphold the GPS motto: “to be of service with integrity.”
Architect and Project Manager of the edifice, Mrs. May Kalmoni, said the mosque was a wonderful project because of the noble cause behind its construction.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Imam Husein Abdur Rahim, Imam of the Ghana Police Service, paid tribute to ex-service men and women, especially the former IGP Alhassan for their immense contribution to the project
DCOP \Oduro(middle) together with Sheikh Sharubutu, former IGP Alhassan (second right) and other dignitaries inaugurating the mosque.
By Times Reporter