Gov’t Has Laid Foundation For Smooth Economic Transformation – President Mahama
President John Mahama says his government has laid a solid foundation for a smooth economic transformation of the country.
He mentioned the expansion of the ports, connecting more communities to the national grid and numerous infrastructural projects across the country as some of the developments taking place.
President Mahama urged all Ghanaians to work together in peace to ensure a successful election this year.
He said this during the Eid ul Adah prayers by Moslems at the Black Star Square in Accra.
On this year’s Hajj, the President said it was successful adding that for the first time, about two thousand pilgrims were airlifted directly from the Tamale International Airport to Saudi Arabia.
He, however apologised to those who were unable to go due to the quota that was given to the country.
President Mahama said he has asked the Hajj Board to discuss with the Saudi authorities to increase the quota to enable more pilgrims from the country to go in subsequent years.
Touching on the election, the President appealed to all stakeholders to ensure that this election is peaceful and successful as previous ones.
The Chief Imam of Nima, Sheikh Hussein Zakaria, who represented the National Chief Imam, Sheik Nuhu Sharabutu, prayed to Allah to grant the country peaceful election devoid of any litigation.
Sheikh Zakaria also called on the media to be careful of what they put out in the public domain, as it has the tendency to inflame passions.
The Officiating Imam, Sheikh Husseini Zakaria and the Chairman for the Eid Planning Committee was accompanied by President John Mahama and the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuiye to slaughter the official sacrificial lamb for the occasion.
The significance of this gesture goes further than just feasting and merry making.
Chairman of the Eid Planning Committee, Alhaji Alhassan Abdullahi Sulley, said the sacrifice is rooted deep in the Hajj pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.