Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday lauded the peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the country.
He commended leaders of the two religions for the social cohesion and asked Muslims in particular to intensify prayers in this season of Ramadan to deepen the prevailing national peace as the country prepares for Election 2020.
The Vice President gave the commendation when he joined hundreds of Muslim worshippers at the Sampa Central Mosque in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region as part of his two-day visit to Bono and Ahafo Regions.
Accompanied by some Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, the Vice President was in the two Regions to interact with Muslim communities as they observe the Islamic annual tradition of month-long prayers and fasting.
Vice President Bawumia noted that issues of religion and faith were very sensitive, saying it was extremely difficult for Muslims and Christians elsewhere to co-exist and thus the Zongo communities in particular must be applauded.
He reiterated the development of the Zongo communities remained one of the major priorities of the government, assuring that each of the 1,080 Zongo communities in the country would benefit from the Zongo Development Fund.
This, the Vice President added would be a reality if the Zongo communities supported and voted to retain the government in Election 2020.
Responding to an appeal by Alhaji Seidu Adams, the Jaman North District Chief Imam, Dr. Bawumia assured that the government would tar the three-kilometre Sampa town roads to befit a District capital.
He added that the government would also consider the establishment of an Islamic Senior High School in the area for many of the Zongo youth to benefit from the free SHS programme.
The Vice President presented 25 bags of rice and 25 bags of sugar and undisclosed sum of money to the leadership of the Zongo community in Sampa.
Alhaji Adams had earlier appealed to the Vice President to also help address the poor water situation in the area.