General News of Monday, 23 January 2017
Source: Cecil Mensah
The Minister Designate for Inner Cities and Zongo Development as well as the Member of Parliament for Madina; Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface has revealed that the much anticipated Zongo development fund will offer some form of social security for inner city dwellers across the country.
According to him, the fund when rolled out in line with the vision of the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will provide tailor-made scholarship schemes to the brilliant but need students from the Zongos.
He said it is the intention of the president to use the fund to development the human resource base of the inner city dwellers.
He said by so doing, inner city dwellers that are associated with thuggery and other social misfits will be curtailed.
He maintained that the interventions that will be rolled after his vetting by Parliament will serve as a form social security for Zongos in the country.
He stressed that fund will not only be focused on the provision of infrastructure but the development of human capacities in the Zongo areas.
He stressed that quite often people from the Zongo areas with the desire to acquire tertiary education settle for any course thrown at them at the university and they complete, they are left with job.
All these will be part of the agenda to develop the human capacities of the people in Zongo to opt for courses in the university that will fetch them ready job opportunities in the country.
The lack of knowledge to choose the right course at the university has accounted for many of the youth in Zongo areas completing the university and still at home because their courses cannot find them job to do he noted.
All these are happening because they chose the wrong course to do at the university, the fund will periodically organized seminars for secondary school leavers in the zongoes to know the kind of course to chose at university level that will fetch them jobs after completion.
The Minister Designate gave a snapshots of how he intend to use the fund to better lot of inner city dwellers when he led executive of the party to joined the La-Nkwatanang Municipal National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) Coordinator, Imam Mohammed to present some relief items to a house hold adjacent the Madina Melcom area that got burnt down.
The items worth 1,500 Ghana Cedis made up of used clothes, mattresses, blankets, bowls, cups, roofing sheets, Mosquito nets, Mosquito repellents among others were presented to the landlord, Awudu Amadu Saani, whose house got burnt a week ago as a results of an electrical fault.
Handing over the items, the NADMO coordinator appealed to the residents of the area to ensure all their electrical gadgets are put off before leaving their homes or retiring to bed to avoid the occurrence of such disasters.
He said because the weather is dry as results of the Harmattan, fires are ignited without the cause not known in the area.
And avoid them ‘we need to make sure we don’t leave our rooms with our electrical gadgets on or sleep with our electrical gadgets on.
You must make sure you put off these gadgets before retiring to bed’ he warned.
He added the items were to cushion the household since they have lost majority of their belongings in the fire.
On his part; the Assemblyman for the area, Alhaji Danjumah commended the youth in the area for their timely action in ensuring the fire was doused before the fire service men came inn.