Senin, 10 September 2012


Story and Picture :Zainabu Issah

A GROUP calling itself Zongo For Mahama (ZFM) has been launched in Nima with the objective to ensure that President John Dramani Mahama secures an overwhelming mandate from the people of Ghana, come December 7, 2012.

The group draws its membership from 338 Zongo communities across the country who share in the vision of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its agenda for the coming years.

Launching the group, the leading member of ZFM, Mr Yussif Jajah, said the group was formed in response to the clarion call by compatriots across the length and breadth of the country to demonstrate their appreciation to the NDC.

He  recalled that the party over the years  had proven beyond reasonable doubt , through the numerous social interventions in the Zongo Communities, infrastructural developments, improved health care delivery among other things that it was a party for all and not for a few.

He said the group would ensure an effective mobilisation of the rank and file of its members and also educate them on matters relating to the elections.

This, he said, would help market NDC candidates both in the presidential and parliamentary elections. He added that when the Parliamentary candidates do well in the polls, it would naturally catapult the flag bearer to victory.

“Key to our campaign is to tell our story as it is. The story of the NDC is an undisputed fact of history, as far as the welfare of the Zongo and the Muslim community is concerned”, he added.

Mr Jajah further recalled that  it was the NDC, under the leadership of the Former President Rawlings, that amended the Public holiday Act to legislate two public holidays for Muslims in the country.

“We cannot forget the tireless effort that the NDC government has made to smoothen the operations of the annual Hajj program, which at best could be described as a mess during the NPP era,” he explained.

Additionally, the Hajj village which was out up by the NDC government has provided comfort and dignity  to would be pilgrims over the past three years as they wait for their flight.

He further lauded the effort of the NDC government to introduce circular education into the Arabic schools in order to provide education to the teeming youth which was earlier not available.

Furthermore, for the first time in the history of the country, the government of the NDC has put in place a guarantee price for shea nuts as is done for cocoa hence expected to improve the livelihood of the women who are into the shea nut business.

“These laudable achievements have resonated with our people, lifted thousands of people out of poverty, and we can only say thank you to the NDC government,” he said.

Mr Jajah, however, urged the members of the Zongo communities to be committed to peace and ensure that the community would not be cowed into any diabolical agenda of any cheap and war mongering politician during the upcoming elections.

Present at the launch of the group was the Ghana Ambassador to Egypt, Alhaji Saeed Sinare, the Special Aide to the President, Alhaji Baba Laami, the Member of Parliament of Ayawaso East, Dr Ahmed Mustapha, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Collins Dawuda, the Chairman of ZFM, Alhaji  Sofo Jaja and the Executives of the NDC Zongo Caucus.

He, however, urged all Ghanaians especially those in the Zongo communities to come out in their numbers and vote during the upcoming elections.

“The victory of the NDC would help create jobs for the youth, promote the welfare of Muslims, strengthen the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to cope with the high demand of patronage with a view of providing quality health care to the people,” he added.

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