Veep commissions Osman Nuhu Sharubutu Central Mosque, School Complex

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday inaugurated the Osman Nuhu Sharubutu Central Mosque and School Complex at Ablekuma-Joma in the Greater Accra Region for worship, teaching and learning of Islamic values to young ones.

The mosque and the school were constructed by His Eminence National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu as a place of worship and educating young Muslim children on Qu’ran recitation.

The ceremony attracted high profile personalities across the country and high-powered Muslim delegations from Nigeria and Senegal.

In an address, Vice President Bawumia said Sheikh Sharubutu had been a champion of community and national development, especially in education, and his latest charity works attested to his commitment to service and humanity.

“I am constantly humbled and inspired by Sheikh Sharubutu’s prolific and unstinting charitable works.

“May the Almighty Allah reward him,” he said.

Dr Bawumia noted that the National Chief Imam had been an iconic of tolerance and peace in Ghana and Africa whose charitable works had made a difference in the lives of many Muslims.

He lauded the Chief Imam for facilitating the construction of various school blocks at Shakura, Nima, Fadama and ongoing one at Tenkoran to promote education in Muslim Communities.

The Vice President pledged the Government’s commitment towards promoting access and inclusive education for all Ghanaians of school-going age to serve as a foundation for national growth and development.

Vice President Bawumia donated an amount of GHc100,000 to the National Chief Imam towards his charity works and build more schools and mosques across the country.

Sheikh Sharubutu, who spoke through his Spokesperson, said development could only take place on the foundation of knowledge and urged government to remain steadfast in investing in the children’s education for a brighter future.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Pay your water bills on time-President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on residents of the Upper East Region to pay their water bills on time to help maintain water infrastructure in the Region.

“Maintaining this new infrastructure means, also, paying your bills on time. Through that, it will ensure the general well-being and health of all the respective communities,” he said.

The President made the call when he commissioned a newly constructed water treatment plant at Tono in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Region.

He said in January 2018, Government through the Ministry of Finance, secured funding to the tune of 37, 683, 226.00 Euros, which consisted of a 12million Euro grant from the Netherlands Government and a 25million Euros facility form the ING Bank, also in the Netherlands to implement the water project.

President Akufo-Addo said the project was structured into two phases with the aim to increase the design horizon to make adequate provision for future demand in line with Government’s policy to construct water projects taking into consideration future population growth.

He indicated that the water supply system would provide the people of Navrongo, Bolgatanga, Paga and its environs with 20,500 cubic metres of water per day, explaining that, “This is approximately four and half million gallons of water per day, making a threefold increase from the 1.5million gallons per day which was currently available to residents in the Region”, he added.

He said a total of 347,446 people would be served with potable water, and mentioned communities such as Zuarungu, Zaare, Sumbrungu, Kalbeo, Gambibgo, Winkogo, Bongo, Yorogo and Tindonmologu among others as additional beneficiary communities.

“The execution and completion of the Upper East Water Supply project, falls in line with the programme of Government to achieve a target set under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number six of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo said Government was working diligently to provide funds to improve the water supply situation in other parts of the country with the objective to ensure equity and improved quality of life to all communities in the country.

Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of Water Resources, Works, and Housing, described the project as a welcome initiative, which would proof the water-for-all agenda of the Akufo-Addo-led-government, to ensure universal access to water for all by the year 2030.

She recalled that during the sod cutting ceremony in 2019, it was observed that one severe bottle neck that hindered water supply in the Region was the limitation of the distribution network, and said the project would resolve that challenge through expansion of the distribution network.

Pe Denis Aneakwoa Balinia Adda Asagpaare II, the Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional Area in his address, expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the water supply system and appealed to him to complete the Navrongo Youth Resource Centre, which he said was a concern to residents.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Regional Chairman calls for employment of more Nzemas into Oil, Gas and Petroleum Industry

The Western Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP),Mr Ndede Siah has made a passionate appeal to the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) and the Petroleum Hub Development Corporation (PHDC) Board to employ more Nzemas and other indigenes from the Western Region into the Ghana Gas company and the emerging National Petroleum Hub Project.

He lamented that the Local Content Policy (LCP) which gave a certain quota of employment to those around the catchment area of the Oil and Gas project, has not been respected.

Mr Ndede Siah was speaking to the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines after a Stakeholder Engagement forum by the Petroleum Hub Development Corporation (PHDC) Board in Takoradi.

He expressed wary over few Nzemas working at Ghana Gas with majority of the workforce coming from abroad.

Mr.Siah admitted that “though not all people in Nzema should be employed to do the work, yet a sizeable number of Nzemas should be considered in that they would bear the direct impact in times of health hazards”.

He reminded the Petroleum Hub Development Corporation (PHDC) Board to train more Nzemas for employment opportunities in the Hub and dismissed the assertion that “people in Nzema are not educated”.

The NPP Regional Chairman called for a database that would aid the Board to hand pick people in the area for employment.

Mr.Siah was worried that people in the oil and gas enclave continued to heap insults on the leadership in the Nzema area and the Western Region for not helping them to get jobs in the oil and gas business.

He sounded a note of caution to the management of Ghana Gas that Nzemas have given peace a chance, adding that elsewhere, the people would have run out of patience to give way to chaos at Ghana Gas.

He said the leadership in the Western Region and Nzemas would not keep quiet on issues about the emerging Petroleum Hub Project but would fight to ensure that the Local Content Policy was adhered to.

Source: Ghana News Agency