Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia on Friday disclosed that government has engaged about 3,000 Arabic teachers across the country to improve upon knowledge and understanding of the Deen (Islam). He said this as he joined hundreds of Muslims at the Wa Central Mosque for Jummah prayers as he took his 2018 Ramadan tour to the Upper West Region.
Addressing the congregation after the Friday prayer, the Vice President reiterated that price of ticket for hajj 2018 remains GHC15,000.00 even though there have been changes in fares across the globe. He said as one of the five pillars of Islam, it is important that hajj is made affordable so that many Muslims can embark on the pilgrimage. Alhaj Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia also donated 500 bags of cement to aid the mosque’s expansion project currently ongoing.
The Vice President called on all to pray for Ghana and the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to enable him continue with the good works he is doing for the country. While glorifying Allah, the second gentleman of the land also hinted of infrastructural development saying that “with only the bones, the grace of Allah has made things possible. We have been able to put some meat on it and divide it across the country. Very soon you will see a lot of infrastructural development, In Sha Allah”.
Naa Fuseini Pelpuo (IV), Paramount Chief of the Wala Traditional Area, speaking through Dajen Naa Seidu Bomison Jnr at the Wa-Naa Palace appealed to the Vice President to facilitate processes that will ensure the completion of the Wa High Court and the Upper West Regional Hospital complex. The Wa Naa also requested for the construction of a cultural center to enhance development in the region and preserve the history of the people. Naa Fuseini Pelpuo (IV) however apologized to the President on behalf of Jenjen Naa Kwesi Nyantekyi for his alleged misconduct.
The Vice President stopped at Han in the Jirapa Municipality, and joined Muslim brothers to observe Asr prayers. He proceeded to Tumu where he broke his fast and prayed with people in the Islamic faith.
Dr. Bawumia later paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of the Tumu Traditional Area, Kuoro Babiini Kanton. At the palace, he disclosed to the Chief and his people that Cabinet has approved the construction of the Wa-Han-Tumu road, and that work will soon begin on the road.