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08.12.2011 General News

Ghana Muslim Mission holds 53rd Annual Conference

By   Ernest Best Anane - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The Ghana Muslim  Mission has held its 53rd   Annual Ashanti Regional    Conference in Kumasi to take stock of performances within the year, and the way forward, with an appeal to the Ghanaian youth to make 2012 peaceful, by ensuring that the elections are free and fair.

Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu, Regional Chairman of the Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM), who made the appeal, said it was incumbent on the youth to ensure that the impending elections were devoid of violence, intimidation, and threat, and urged all Muslims, particularly, the youth, to comport themselves before, during, and after the elections.

Sheikh Bonsu disclosed that the Mission had acquired 11.54 acres of land for a proposed Ghana Muslim Mission University College at Esereso near Kumasi.

He said architectural drawings and all the necessary documentation had been completed, and that with the endorsement of the Chief, the sod-cutting ceremony would take place by the end of January 2012.

As a result, the GMM would consider raising funds towards the University College project.

Sheikh Bonsu appealed to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman Mensah, to prevail on the Vice President, Mr. Dramani Mahama, to fulfill a promise made during a durbar of chiefs and the Zongo Youth Association in Kumasi, in September this year, of ensuring that the Islamic Senior High School gets a befitting infrastructure.

He indicated that GMM has established 38 schools in the Ashanti Region, including Kindergarten, Primary, Junior High School and two Senior High Schools, and gave the assurance that more schools would be built next year.

He noted that the schools performed creditably in both academic and sporting fields, with the local Junior High School at Ayiresu, in the Atwima Mponua District, producing the best student in the 2009 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) results.

Sheikh Dr. Amin Bonsu said the Ghana Mission was formed in 1957, and that the Ashanti Regional branch of the mission has a membership of about 4,000.

The GMM, he said, is to propagate the true teachings of Islam, as enshrined in the Holy Quran, and ensure that the lives of Moslems reflect that of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), to ensure a peaceful co-existence in the country.

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