Government will provide socio-economic opportunities – President

By
George-Ramsey Benamba, GNA

Accra, Sept 12, GNA –
Government would provide socio-economic opportunities for all Ghanaians
irrespective of their religion, ethnic group or geographical location,
President John Dramani Mahama has announced.

This he said would
include the rehabilitation of the railway sector, provision of more buses to
ease road transportation and the generation of power for both domestic and
external consumption.

“By providing
all these opportunities more jobs will be created to offer employment to most
of our graduates in the country.”

President Mahama who
was addressing Muslims at the Black Star Square, in Accra to commemorate their
annual Eid-Ul-Adha celebration, said such laudable policies could only be
achieved in the atmosphere of peace and unity and called on Ghanaians to
continue to live peacefully in all their localities.

The Eid-Ul-Adha is
celebrated annually by the Muslims to give praise to Allah and reflect on the
sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim, who is the Father of monotheistic faith who
showed his readiness to do the will of Allah.

President Mahama
said the provision of such socio-economic opportunities would transform the
Ghanaian economy and have positive rippling effects on the West African countries
as Ghana is positioning herself to becoming a net exporter of energy and food.

On the pilgrimage of
Muslims, President Mahama said he had directed the Hajj Committee to request
for an increase of pilgrims from 5,424 to 7,000 in subsequent years to provide
more opportunities for Ghanaian Muslims.

He explained that a
number of Ghanaian Muslims could not embark on the pilgrimage this year because
Ghana had exceeded her quota, coupled with the massive airlifting of 2,000
pilgrims directly from Tamale International airport.

The President said
the increment of the number would enable all those who could not make it this
year to perform their Hajj next year.

President Mahama
called on Muslims to uphold the peace and unity the country had enjoyed over
the years by conducting themselves peacefully before, during and after the 2016
general election.

He said it is the
peace and unity Ghanaians exhibited in previous elections that had made Ghana a
model of democracy in the African continent and expressed the hope it would be
deepened after the 2016 polls.

In a speech read on
his behalf Dr Nuhu Sharabutu, National Chief Imam called on Ghanaians to remain
calm and united in all events leading to the 2016 general election.

“I am assuring
all Ghanaians who were born and bred as one, but belonging to different
political parties, different ethnic groups, as well as within the ethnic and
religious divide… that we shall unite for a purpose.”

He cautioned the
media to be circumspect in their daily journalistic practices, as misleading
pronouncements could plunge the country into a state of disorder and
lawlessness.

The National Chief
Imam added: “The presidential candidates are all Ghanaians and should not
forget that they are representing large communities, hence the need to speak
well of themselves and refrain from throwing insults against one another.”

Dr Sharabutu also
appealed to the Electoral Commission to be transparent, accountable and
God-fearing in dealing with stakeholders to avoid any form of mistrust after
the elections.

He admonished
Muslims against patronising the activities of self-seeking politicians who
would attempt to lure them into carrying out violence and other nasty deeds
that would win them power.

GNA

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