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18.06.2004 General News

NPP will not expel aliens - Vice President

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Tema, June 18, GNA - Vice President Aliu Mahama on Friday reiterated the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) assertion that it would not expel aliens in the country.

He said aliens were safe in the country and in the spirit of the ECOWAS; people in the Sub-Region were free to travel across the length and breath and live on any land to carry out their businesses.

"It is not true that we are chasing out aliens", he stressed, and urged aliens to disregard the rumour and feel free to stay in the country.

Aliu Mahama gave the assurance when he joined the Tema Muslim Community in prayers at the Tema Community One Central Mosque. As the nation is approaching her elections, the Vice President called on Ghanaians to ensure that there was continued peace in the country and the electioneering campaign should be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

The Vice President called on the populace to let the conflicts in neighbouring countries warn Ghanaians against violence since it retarded development and progress.

He said in a democratic process everybody had the right to join a party "but we must go about it in a way that there is unity always irrespective of our party affiliations."

He called for maturity, tolerance and respect for one another to work together to achieve a common goal.

Alhaji Mahama entreated Muslims to always educate their children and seek knowledge to upgrade themselves in the society.

The Chief Imam of Tema, Alhaji Abdul Samed, led the prayer. Dr Farouk Majeed, Deputy Minister of Mines, Hajia Alima Mahama, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, Minister of State in charge of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives and Mr Samuel Evans Ashong Narh, Tema Municipal Chief Executive, accompanied the Vice President