This year’s Ramadan fasting is expected to start on Saturday, April 2 or Sunday, April 3, 2022, depending on the day a new moon will be sighted.
If the moon is sighted on Friday, April 1, 2022, fasting will commence the next day but if the moon is sighted on April 2, then Sunday, April 3, 2022, would be the first day of the 2022 Ramadan.
This was revealed in a communique issued at the close of the 28th annual national Ramadan conference in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, last Saturday.
The three-day conference, which started on March 17, 2022, was attended by Regional Chief Imams, secretaries, Muslim chiefs, as well as some Islamic scholars.
The conference was held on the theme “Peace: Essential tool for stability and prosperity.”
The deputy national secretary of the Hilal Committee, Baba Dawud, who read the communique, called on Muslims, particularly those in Bawku in the Upper East Region, to give peace a chance while efforts were made to find a lasting solution to the impasse in the area.
That, he said, would enable the youth exert their time and energy on more productive ventures which will help build their future for better livelihoods.
He called for the proper care of children by their parents and guardians by providing them with opportunities that would enable them grow into useful citizens.
Touching on food security, he said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) must ensure that farming inputs, such as fertiliser, were made available.
Alhaji Dawud further called on the government and other stakeholders to intensify awareness of the COVID-19 virus to help contain its spread.
On the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results, he claimed that about 70 per cent of the candidates had called for the re-marking of their examination scripts due to poor performance.
The deputy secretary, therefore, asked for the immediate publication of the chief examiner’s report and statement from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) explaining the wide gap in passes between this year’s results and those of previous years.
He expressed worry about the rate of road crashes in the country, saying the law enforcement agencies should ensure that all broken-down vehicles were removed from the roads, while speed limits were also adhered to.
BY TIMES REPORTER