The Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Alhaji Abubakar Sidiq Boniface, has assured members of the National Council of Zongo Chiefs that his ministry would not involve in any partisan politics in any of its affairs.
Hon. Alhaji Boniface made the assurance during his courtesy call and interaction with the members of National Council of Zongo Chiefs at Kaokudi, a suburb of Accra.
The Minister noted that His Ministry would not support any social function such as naming ceremonies, marriages amongst others. “I can only support such activities with my own pocket money and not from any funds earmarked for the Ministry’s activities’’, he added
This he said it’s not part of the objective for which the Ministry was created, adding “the Ministry would focus on scholarships, youth entrepreneurial development, and girl child and women empowerment”.
According to him, awards would be giving to the best teachers within the various Zongo communities across the country to motivate other teachers to work their hearts out to the benefit of the Zongo’s especially the school children.
The Minister revealed that there are many institutions willing to support the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry to achieve its goals and urged the members of National Council of Zongo Chiefs to continue with their prayers and support to the government.
On his part, the Greater Accra Zabrama Chief Alhaji PRO- Umar Tanko indicated that there is the need for the Ministry to focus on youth, girl child and women empowerment in the various Zongo communities.
This he said would bring massive development and opportunities to the people within the Inner Cities and Zongo communities at large.
Alhaji PRO-Tanko appealed to the government to support individuals and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are into empowerment of girl child and women in the country to help motivate others to join the chain in assisting women in various skills training.
He further appealed to the Minister to apply the policy of Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) which would enable government to support women financially to build their own businesses and transfer it back as empowerment adding that the Ministry would directly retrieve its investment and also capture them within the National Tax Net.
Source: Mohammed Mustapha Faisal || Ghanaian Democrat