The head of family of Fulanis in the Greater Accra Region will this weekend install a new Fulani chief to steer affairs of the Fulani community in the region.
The installation of the new chief comes in the wake of the demise of the Greater Accra Fulani chief a couple of months ago.
The event expected to take place at Nima in the Ayawaso East Municipality of the Greater Accra Region under the auspices of Alhaji Nii Futa, the Sariki of Nima.
The family heads were made up of Sariki Sissy, Abdul Kadri Salley, Alhaji Gariba Salley, Aladu Abubakar, Amadu Mamudu, Amina Suku, Baby Salley Kusum, Abdul Mumen Abubakar and Abdul Rahman Osmanu.
The installation ceremony will come off on Saturday, April 28, 2018, which will mark a new beginning for the Fulani community in the Greater Accra Region.
Briefing the Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface ahead of the installation, the National President of the Association of Fulanis in Ghana, Alhaji Iddrissu Mohammed Bingel, said the sect was elated to have the support of the Zongo ministry in the installation exercise.
He took the opportunity to invite the Chief Director of the Ministry, Gifty Mahama Biyira, the Director of Finance and Administration, Cletus Anarfo, the Director of Research, Statistics, Information and Management, Dr Joseph Darmoe, the Director of Communications, Siebik Bugri, and the Deputy Director of Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Stephen Dapaah, who were all present at the meeting with the minister at the Castle in Accra.
He was grateful to the minister for taking time off his busy schedules to grant audience to the family members.
He appealed to the minister to continue championing the welfare of Fulanis in the country, adding that “Fulanis are Ghanaians.”
For his part, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface said there were three types of Fulanis living in the country.
He urged Ghanaians to stop demonising Fulanis in the country since they had assimilated into the country.
According to him, there are Fulanis who are born and bred here and are not cattle rustlers as Ghanaians had been made to believe over the years.
Giving highlights of what his ministry had embarked on since its establishment, the minister explained that his outfit had taken the decision to collaborate with the ministry of education to make the study of Arabic examinable because of the way the world was moving towards four languages.
According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s decision to establish the ministry was because of the way Zongo communities had been neglected over the years.
In spite of the fact that Zongo communities have played key roles in the development of the nation, these communities continue to be excluded when it comes to development, he said.
He explained that the establishment of the ministry was the first of its kind on the continent even though Nigeria has the largest Zongo communities.
Story: Kwamena ANANSE
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