Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has unveiled plans for the construction of a medical university in the Northern part of the country.
The proposed University is part of a programme from the Saudi government which includes the construction of 42 Senior High Schools (SHSs).
Speaking at the Independence Square during the event to mark Eid ul-Adha, Dr Bawumia said, the move when implemented will provide opportunities for the youth to pursue science-based courses, and improve academic outcomes.
“I’m also glad to announce that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has accepted another proposal by the Government of Nana Akufo-Addo to establish a Medical School in the Northern Region of Ghana. Many brilliant students from the Zongo and other deprived communities have had their dreams of becoming doctors shattered due to lack of funding. This programme would come as a welcome opportunity for such students to realise their God-given talents. And Insha Allah, this partnership between the Governments of Ghana and Cuba will produce more doctors from Zongo and other deprived communities in the country.”
The Vice President reiterated the government’s commitment to providing more opportunities to disadvantaged communities particularly the ‘Zongos’ adding that the construction of the medical school in the North, falls in line with this vision.
“Establishing a Medical School will significantly reduce the scarcity of doctors and other medical personnel in the northern part of the country. This giant step to advance the health needs of Ghana, together with Government’s other initiatives on education, vocational skills, sanitation and infrastructure development in the Zongo communities, which are being driven through the Zongo Development Fund, clearly underscore Government’s vision for the Zongo community,” he added.
More so, the Vice President has tasked Muslim youth to be vigilant and expose persons interested in breaching the peace in the country.
“We should remain vigilant in our communities and neighbourhoods. We must watch out for agent provocateurs, who will want to breach the peace to undo all the successes that we have chalked in our developmental journey this far. Ghana continues to remain an island of peace in a troubled region. We must not let that slip from our hands. Let us report any suspicious characters in our communities to the security agencies, so that the name of Islam is not soiled on the altar of some political goal that misguided elements may seek to achieve.”
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