29.08.2005 Regional News

Religious bodies asked to launch crusade against indiscipline

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Techiman (B/A) Aug. 29, GNA- Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, at the Weekend urged religious bodies to launch a major crusade against indiscipline in the country.

He said indiscipline: "thwarts national growth and retards development", and called on religious organisations to assist in eliminating the problem towards the transformation of the society. Mr Baffour-Awuah was speaking at a two-day conference of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Techiman at the weekend, under the theme: "Adherence to morality, a way to national prosperity" and which was attended by about 2,500 members of the nine circuits of the mission in the region. The Deputy Minister decried the attitude of people attending functions late, stating that such behaviour reflected negatively on productivity and economic development.

Mr Baffour-Awuah commended the Ahmadis for co-existing with people of other religions and lauded the mission for its contributions to national development, especially in the areas of education and health. Alhaji Dr Mohammed Bin Ibrahim, Regional Director of Health Services, advised Muslim youth against pre-marital sex and sexual promiscuity.

Mr Addai Simons, Member of Parliament for Techiman South asked the people, especially Ahmadi Muslims to consider education as the foundation for development.

He said the provision of educational infrastructure by the government would be useless unless parents sent their children to school.

Oseadeayo Akumfi-Ameyaw IV, Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area in a speech read for him promised to release land for the establishment of a University by the Mission. The Omanhene called on Muslims to mould their children properly so that they could respect societal norms and values. Maulvi Wahab Adam, Ameer and Missionary in-charge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, said without the promotion of morality the high hopes and expectations for the progress and prosperity of the nation would be a mirage.

He observed that immorality was "deadly than toxic waste" and called for intensive education in morality both at home and at school. Fifteen members of the mission were later presented with awards for their contributions to the growth of the Movement in the region.

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