The Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development (MICZD), Hon. Abu-Bakar Sadiqque Boniface has assured that his Ministry is poised to make a significant contribution towards changing lives and environment of selected slumps in the cities and Zongo communities.
Change of mindset, vocational training, bailey bridges, greening space, enhancing talents developments and promoting youth sporting activities in these selected areas will surely make significant poverty reduction he adds.
In a courtesy visit to the Egyptian Embassy in Accra, he explained that the Ministry is focused to ensure that its interventions will address security and crime, basic drainage, pavements and any other interventions that address poverty reduction in these areas. Others are helping entrepreneurs to do proper book keeping to enhance their chances of accessing loans as well capacity building of those already in there to retool.
Capturing the excluded, Hon. Boniface opined that government priority is to ensure that some basic but necessary livelihood interventions will have to be undertaken to capture these aspects of our society.
Giving a broad background of the creation of the new Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo (MICZD), Hon Boniface took the Egyptians on a historical genesis and evolution of Zongos in Ghana over the period. As well as a background of how slumps in the cities sprang up and their characteristics which are similar to Zongos communities. Explained the contemporary meaning of the term and how it has co-existed with Christians in Nima and other areas. He mentioned some areas in Accra which are all populated with Muslims.
While praising the government for such a brilliant innovative idea, he pledged to support government efforts by offer support in education, health, economic empowerment. He said the nature and outlook of zongos in Ghana is similar what pertains in their country. And so he understands the situation in Ghana.
Education is key in changing the livelihood of the zongos and for that matter Muslims in those areas and pledged support. To this effect, some youth will be supported with scholarships. The embassy is also looking at some inventions at the health sector focusing on women issues as well as a Cultural or tourist center.
By Seibik Bugri