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The Muslim Community has been urged by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to wholly embrace the Free Senior High School policy, scheduled to take off from next week.

The Muslim Community has been urged by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to wholly embrace the Free Senior High School policy, scheduled to take off from next week.


According to the President the policy allows “us to enlighten our communities and bring illumination to our society. It allows us to guarantee a future for our children and our country. How do we seek knowledge as a religious duty, if we do not have the means to seek it?

“The Prophet is also reported to have said that ‘one knowledgeable believer is harder on the devil than a 100 ignorant believers,’” the President said when he delivered a speech at the Independence Square, Friday, on the occasion of Eid-Ul Adha

President Nana Akufo-Addo told the Muslim Community that Ghanaians would be in a better position to practice their religion if they were educated.

“The Free Senior High School Policy eliminates one of the major barriers to seeking secondary education – poverty. It is my fervent belief that it is an educated population that can accelerate the development of our country,” he said.

The President also charged Muslim parents to enroll their daughters in school, adding that the education of the girl child must be taken serious.

“We shall be perpetuating, ignorance, poverty and disease if the trainers of generations of Ghanaians remain uneducated,” he stressed.

President Nana Akufo-Addo used the occasion to appeal for prayers for Ghanaians who had embarked on the Hajj pilgrimage, asking for Allah’s protection for them.

“Let us pray for those of our brothers, sisters, countrymen and women who have embarked on the Hajj especially our revered Chief Imam. We pray that the almighty sees them through the Hajj rites and bring them home safely,” he implored.

On the organization of the Hajj trip, President Nana Akufo-Addo said this year’s pilgrim “has been largely without problem” assuring that “my government is committed to maintaining the atmosphere that allows people of all religious persuasions to practice their religion without hindrance.”

Meanwhile, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has pledged to remain steadfast in government’s determination to build a nation that works for everybody and not a privileged few.

He gave this assurance when he joined thousands of Muslims at the Kumasi Central Mosque to mark the Eid-Ul Adha.

He, therefore, called on the people to give strong backing to the government as it rolled out its carefully thought out policies and programmes to fight poverty and make things better.

The Vice President indicated that education and health development, protecting the environment, job creation, security and bringing down corruption had been made top priorities.

He said there could not be any doubt that the free senior high school policy would bring tremendous relief to parents and expand access to SHS education.

He also made reference to the one district, one factory project and said its successful implementation would help provide jobs and create wealth for the people.

The Vice President used the occasion to remind all about the need for religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

He advised Muslims to overcome extremism and accept to work together to make the society a better place to live.

He counseled the Muslim youth not to over-indulge in their celebration of the festival, adding that, they should avoid doing anything unlawful.

In a related development, acting General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, in a statement to mark the occasion, called on Muslims to reflect on the sacrifices not only to their maker but society as a whole.

“The party wishes Muslims a happy Eid-Ul Adha celebration and also calls on them to use this solemn occasion to pray for the nation and in particular, our hardworking President , His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and his government,” he said in the statement.