20 December 2010

Ghana: Minister, Hubby Construct School, Mosque for Ejuratia Community

A 6-unit classroom, a Mosque, and a mechanised borehole have been commissioned at Ejuratia in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region, as part of efforts to improve the social and educational needs of residents in the area.

The projects, which were undertaken through the benevolence of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu, and her husband, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, were also supported by a Qatari philanthropist, Mr. S. Bun Imaan.

It also has library blocks and offices attached to facilitate reading and other academic activities in the community.

The decision to embark on the projects followed demands by the Chief and elders of the Ejuratia Zongo community to the Attorney General, who also hails from the area.

At a colourful official commissioning ceremony held last Saturday, Alhaji Iddrisu Mahama, who is Member of the Council of State and former Defence Minister, said the projects were their little contributions towards uplifting the social and educational standards of the people in the community, where he shares a family.

He noted that educational was very vital to the development of individual self and the whole country, and expressed regret that irrespective of the value placed on education by the Islamic prophet, as enshrined in the Holy Quran, many Muslims still feel reluctant to send their children, especially, the girl child, to school.

He said the Prophet of Islam stressed on the need for mankind to seek knowledge, no matter how far it is, and lamented that many Muslims had failed to pay heed to the noble call.

Alhaji Mahama therefore, charged Muslims in the community to send their kids to school in order to guarantee their future.

The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharabutu, said Muslims throughout the country, and particularly, in the Ejuratia community, would forever be grateful to the Attorney General and her husband for their selfless contributions towards education and the Islamic religion.

Sheikh Sharabutu noted that Allah, the Almighty, encourages human beings to support one another and do good work to benefit society, a duty which he said, the two government officials had duly fulfilled.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Kofi Opoku Manu, who also graced the occasion, advised the community to make good use of the facilities, in order to attain the maximum benefits from them.

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