President Akufo-Addo and his government have moved “from just a mere promise to action” and can transform Zongo communities, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu has said.
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The Muslim cleric had earlier expressed doubts over whether any government would be able to whisk Zongo communities out of dejection.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) campaigned massively on a willingness to transform Zongo communities if voted into power. Presidential candidate for the party, Akufo-Addo, subsequently defeated incumbent John Mahama in the 2016 polls.
President Akufo-Addo took the first step towards attaining the initiative by naming Boniface Abubakar Saddique as minister designate for the newly introduced Ministry of Inner City and Zongo development.
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Sheikh Aremeyaw has been impressed by the development and says he is now convinced the NPP can deliver on its promise.
In an interview with Citi FM, he said: “I think we have moved now beyond just a promise to the level of giving action to the point where it is put into effect.
”[This is] because the first one was just a promise of a fund to be created, but the fact that a ministry has been created means that the Ministry will be given a mandate; and the Ministry will be given the resources to be able to implement that promise so it moves from just a mere promise to action.”
Sheikh Aremeyaw threw his weight behind minister for Inner City and Zongo development, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, adding that the Madina MP possesses the know-how to drive the ministry towards achieving its goal.
“I’m more than confident because he is somebody I know. He himself is a Zongo breed and he knows our challenges"
Zongo communities in Ghana are normally identified with slams and areas where social vices are prevalent.
The Muslim cleric called on the government to help improve education in such area, adding that such a move will help facilitate development.