The Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has said the Zongo Development Fund will be used to support Persons Living with Disability (PWDs) and the vulnerable in society.
The Vice President said this during a nationwide tour of selected Zongo communities in the country to encourage them in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Speaking at the Nkawkaw Central Mosque in the Eastern Region, the Vice President said the move is to ensure inclusion.
“What we are doing as a government is called inclusive transformation. The Zongo community is part of that transformation. That is why we created a Ministry for Zongo and Inner City Development. We are going to ensure that both the Zongo Development Plan and the Ministry of Zongo and Inner City Development focus on real development. The disabled and lepers are included and they should all be on the Livelihood Against Poverty Programme (LEAP).”
The Zongo Development Fund was established to assist Muslim communities across the country.
Zongo Development Fund Secretariat to be ready in July – Minister
Former Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, has said residents of Zongos and inner cities were to start benefiting from the Zongo Development Fund by July 2018.
Parliament passes Zongo Development Fund Bill
In November 2017, Parliament passed the Zongo Development Fund Bill.
The Bill seeks to establish a Fund to speed up the development of Zongo communities into centres of opportunity.
Zongo communities in the country suffer from huge infrastructure deficit and lack of social services.
The Government promised to provide 50 million dollars for the Fund when established.