The Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly today presented assorted items to the Muslim community within the municipality for the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr festival at the Municipal Assembly’s Office. The items included bags of rice and boxes of oil.
Presenting the items, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Sandra Owusu-Ahinkorah said “The celebration marks a time to be sober and reflect on everything that happened during the past months, and to forgive every transgression, and therefore after the fast our Muslim brothers and sisters require to eat healthy to gain their strength, however, the vulnerable people in the community are not privy to this, as an annual custom of the Assembly, we present assorted items to the Muslim community to support and enable everyone to join in the celebrations”.
“The celebrations should not deter us from being cautious and careful in the dealings of our activities, especially the motor riders who ride recklessly without helmets during these occasions, the Muslim community should not let the name Zongo be connoted negatively and therefore the celebrations should be full of merry-making and lessons to people” she added.
She also took the opportunity to advise the youth within the Muslim community to take advantage of the TVET programme by the government to get themselves trained in productive ventures to help empower their future and to be financially independent, adding that there is work in the country, however, due to the lack of expertise many are unemployed.
Hon. Memunatu Malik, a government-appointed Assembly member, receiving the items on behalf of the Muslim community said that “these 30 days we have fasted, lets us embrace tolerance, self-control and show people that the negative names given to the Zongo community are just stereotypes, and therefore am pleading with everyone that as we celebrate, we should take good care of ourselves and be responsible”. She also added that “The fact the government has ensured good roads should not imply that we drive and ride carelessly as pointed by the MCE, resulting into accidents”.
Hon. Malik said the items will be distributed to all the mosques within the municipality, including the La Bawaleshie Central Mosque, Abelenkpe Central Mosque, and Santana Central Mosque as well as to the inmates in the James Camp Prison at Roman Ridge.
She also used the opportunity to thank the Assembly and MCE for their kind gesture annually and concluded by wishing all Muslims “Barka da Sallah”
Present at the event were Hon. Benjamin Oklah, the Presiding Member of the Assembly, Hon. Adams Yusif, the Assembly member for Roman Ridge, staff of the Assembly, and some members of the Muslim Community.