The Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique, has assured, the transformation that will take place in Islamic communities across the country will be amazing.
Despite the criticism on his ministry, he stated that he and his team are poised to deliver on their mandate to develop zongos, majority of whom are slums.
“I conducted a research in 2007 and realised that the 365 zongo communities lacked empowerment and some basic amenities. . . It’s not that we are imposing On them what we think is good for them. We actually met them across the country and came to a conclusion on what we are doing for them,” the Minster said while speaking to Kaakyire Kwesi Appea-Apraku on Power FM’s Dwaboase which was being transmitted from the Madina market in the constituency of the minister.
Mr Siddique said his outfit had started with projects that will make lives in Zongo communities better in terms of education and youth empowerment.
$50 million dollars was allocated to the Development Fund, which was a line item in the 2017 budget. Muslim students are expected to benefit from scholarship packages under the Fund as education has been prioritised in the fund, and the stocking of libraries, rehabilitation of schools in the Zongos and empowering Arabic instructors are some of the expected interventions.
Under the project, the youth will be trained in various trades and disciplines to enable them be independent. Infrastructural development like the building of water facilities, schools and other social amenities are expected to begin soon.
In sports, Astroturfs will also be constructed to train the youth in various sporting disciplines to create jobs for the youth to reduce the rate of crime in the area, according to the minister.
Zongo Communities Are Not Violent
Despite reports that many criminalities emante from the Zongo communities, the minister debunked those claims and said the Muslim youth “rather love one another and will not allow outsiders to cheat them.”
“Zongo residents are not Boko Haram”, he argued while explaining that there are criminal activities in every community hence some known Zongo inhabitants who engaged in criminalities in the past does not warrant for anyone to call all Zongo residents criminals.
To him, the fund that will see the progress of the communities is part of the dreams of the Akufo-Addo administration to share the national cake to all citizens in equal measure.
He therefore urged the Muslim youth to endeavor and support government in its quest to transform their communities.
Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Dwabo Ase