Hon. Alhaji Sulaimana Alhassan, the Upper West regional minister, has revealed that, the government of Ghana, under the watch of H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo has subsidized this year’s hajj fees to make it much more affordable for many Ghanaian Muslims. He said measures taken by the current administration has made it possible for many Muslims to make it without major challenges, adding that, the Hajj Board of Ghana has also worked tireless in making sure that this year’s pilgrims were transported from Ghana to Saudi Arabia without major hindrances.
“Let me use this occasion to commend the Hajj board for the successful organization of this year’s hajj. The pilgrims were flown to Saudi Arabia without any major challenges as was the case some time back. Government also supported by subsidizing the Hajj fees to make it affordable for many more Muslims” he stated.
Touching on government policies, the Minister noted that, the Nana Addo government will still continue its Free Senior School program adding that the challenges that confronted the program during its implementation are being identified as high intake of more students causing congestion noting that, the government has resolved this challenge and many others by introducing the double track system which will kick start this academic year.
“This academic year the government will continue with the Free SHS programme. The challenges identified during the implementation of the programme last academic year are being resolved. The high intake of students resulted in congestion at the schools. To prevent this, government will this academic year introduce the double track system to prevent congestion and improve quality tuition in our schools” he stated.
Hon. Alhassan further indicated that, the One Village One Dam policy has commenced with the selection of 10 sites in every constituency in the region adding that, the initiative will help provide water for irrigation, livestock rearing and domestic use during the dry season. With this, he says will help reduce the annual migration of the youth from the North to Southern parts of Ghana in search of jobs. “The one-village-one dam project is expected to provide water for irrigation, livestock rearing and domestic use during the dry season. This will help reduce the annual migration of the youth to the south in search of non-existing jobs. I wish to appeal to the youth to take advantage of this policy” he stressed
He made this known when addressing Muslims gathered at the Wa Jubilee Park on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 for this year’s Eid-ul-adha prayers.