Senin, 31 Desember 2012


Work is to resume on the abandoned national mosque in Accra to cater for the spiritual development of the Muslim community in the country.

The 10,000 capacity mosque is expected to be completed in September 2013 at a cost of $6 million.

The mosque, which will be funded by a Turkish philanthropic group, the Hudai Foundation, will have facilities such as a library, an Islamic school, a clinic, an administration block, an auditorium and a conference centre.

The Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Aydin Nurhan, made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the National Chief Imam to seek the support of the Muslim community towards the construction of the mosque.
“This is your right and we need your support to execute it,” he added.

In line with the reactivation of the project, 20 engineers have been tasked to survey the existing work and come up with strategies on how to complete the project by September 2013.

Apart from the construction of the mosque, the Hudai Foundation is planning to construct a nursing school to provide education for young women interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

Mr Nurhan said 100 students would then be sent to Turkey to further enhance their studies for three months before returning to Ghana to contribute their quota to the development of society.

He, however, called on the government and the Muslim community to provide support in order to complete the project on time.

The National Chief  Imam, Sheikh Dr Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, in his remarks, lauded the effort of the foundation to provide support for the completion of the mosque.

He recalled that the mosque was to have been constructed to replace the central mosque which was pulled down at Makola in Accra following a demolition exercise in the central business district.

Sheikh Dr Sharubutu said the government then allocated a piece of land at Kawukudi for the construction of a national mosque but the project suffered setbacks after the foundation stone had been laid in 2006 by former President John Agyekum Kufuor.

He pledged his full support for the project, adding that all Muslims should provide support to finally complete the national mosque to serve all Muslims in the country.

The Project Facilitator, Mr Adam Abdul Nasser, in his remarks, said the old foundation would not be demolished but reconstructed to support the new model of the mosque.

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