Rejoinder: Minister for Zongo steals initiative of Zongo Boys

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Monday 16, April 15 2018.

The attention of the group Clean Zongo Initiative, a movement by the youth of some Zongo Communities in Accra with the mission to keep our Zongos clean and create sensitization platforms for inhabitants of these communities has been drawn to a news item on www.ghananewsonline.com.gh with the headline “Minister for Zongo steals initiative of Zongo Boys” dated 14th April, 2018.

The content included the following

“The group met the Minister at the residence of the Chief Imam, Sheick Nuhu Sharabutu, to seek for his blessings on their initiative called CLEAN ZONGO INITIATIVE which was submitted to the Minister days before they met the Chief Imam.”

Yes it’s true the team met the Minister of Inner Cites and Zongo Development, Hon. Alhaji Abubakar Siddique by chance at the residence of the Imam when he came to the chief imam for a different agenda. The group was there to seek the blessings of the national chief Imam for the maiden edition of the “Let’s Clean Zongo” campaign slated for 11th March 2018. The team never submitted any document to the minister. He only asked the team to visit him officially which they accepted.

The article continues…

“Then to the surprise of the group, the Minister who told them he was going to have an hour chat with them, spent only three minutes with them and asked them to go. All attempts to get the Minister for further discussions proved futile only to see their initiative being implemented by the minister.”

The team paid a visit to the minister’s office on Friday 9th March, 2018 and they met the minister and the meeting was rescheduled to Tuesday, 13th March, 2018 which the team never honored. Nothing was discussed and the team didn’t even submit an official letter to the ministry.

The article went further by claiming

“The group has already began their clean up project using the logo the Minister picked from the document they submitted to him.

The group sees the Minister’s action as copyright infringement since the concept was preserved in some fixed, tangible form.

According to the group the Minister has stolen its idea and actively working with it to prevent the group from bringing their own initiative to fruition, “that also constitute tortuous interference…” said the leader.”

All the above are false and should be disregarded. In no event did the team submitted any letter or had any official meeting with the minister hence the team distance itself from this article.

The team has neither submitted nor had any official meeting with the minister as communicated in the disclaimer above. It will be further advised that the minister ignore any statements with regards to that falsified article, since it didn’t come from Let’s Clean Zongo camp.

President

Fathia Amin

 

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