By: Ibrahim Nurudeen
Bamba Islamic Institute-Ghana (BIIG) has engaged traditional rulers and clerics on various programmes over the weekends in Tamale, with the primary objective of Training and equipping them with the needed skills to take proactive initiatives towards community and national development.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, Sheikh Amin Bamba addressing the media after the launch of the programme said the targeted group constitute a bigger potential resource, and when adequately tapped will hasten the pace of development of the citizenry.
“The main obstacle to our rapid progress towards the elimination of maternal and infant mortality is ignorance, so I believe that our surest remedy to all these development challenges is education and education, this time through the community leader’s maximum solution will be found.”
The programme dubbed “Promoting community development to achieve the sustainable development goals: The role of Muslim clerics.”
According to him, the programme seeks to break both cultural and religious barriers to all development efforts; especially those that hinder regional progress towards the full realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
“We can greatly enhance the work of civil society organizations and that of government by building the capacity of Muslims Clerics and facilitate their own engagement to effectively collaborate with relevant government and non-governmental agencies working in the northern region.”
Sheikh Bamba was optimistic that the institute continues engagement with the traditional and the Muslim leaders will facilitate the acceleration of development in most communities.
He said the slow pace of development of the north is due to the high illiteracy rate, adding that, illiteracy has denied majority of the people critical information that they require them to make informed economic, social and political decisions to improve their livelihood and general well-being.
Sheikh Bamba therefore suggested the usage of the United Nations ‘Concept of partnership for goals’, this he believe will help package relevant educational programs that can be delivered to the people through their religious and traditional representative.
The programme was in partnership with UNFPA brought together traditional rulers, Christian faith and the various Islamic faiths in the region.