ALHAJI USMAN Salifu Tanko, the chief of the Bissa (Busanga) community in the Ashanti Region, has admonished Zongo parents to invest in their children's education to acquire the requisite knowledge to contribute to the nation's development.
He said, the high illiteracy rate in the Zongos was affecting development and urged parents and the rich in society to assist in the education of brilliant but needy children.
He said this when he was opening a 5 classroom block of Ansarudeen Islamic school he renovated at Sabon Zongo in the Ashanti Region.
“Parents and guardians should do well to cut cost on buying expensive clothes and unnecessary flamboyant lifestyle.” The Bissa chief fumed.
“Whilst Zongo children cannot get the basic necessities for schooling, their parents will spend lavishly on clothes for funerals and parties of relatives and friends,” he added.
Youth of the Zongos have been taunted as violent and wayward, and it is by this notion that the Chief used the occasion to advice the parents to give their wards excellent upbringing through education.
Chief Usman Salifu Tanko cited lots of personalities with Zongo background to inspire the pupils to take their education seriously.
The chief of the Zongo community, Alhaji Usman Salifu Tanko, in the Asokore Municipal Assembly over the weekend Commissioned a school block which was renovated at a cost of GHS 5, 000.00.
Chief Alhaji Usman Salifu Tanko disclosed that he together with his counsel decided to use half of the Ghc 10,000.00 the president gifted him during his 40th anniversary as the chief of the community to upgrade the school.
“When I was commemorating my 40th anniversary as chief of this community, I invited the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to grace the occasion but he designated his vice Dr. Muhamadu Mamudu Bawumia to represent him. After receiving this amount from them, I decided to renovate and upgrade the school as it was in a deplorable state.” He said.
The school which was first programmed to teach Arabic but upon the renovation and upgrading, English Language has been added to the school’s curriculum through the assistance of the Chief Executive of Asokore Municipal Assembly, Alhaji Alidu Seidu.
On his part, Sheikh Usman Yussif, the chief Imam for the community also advised parents to stop buying for parties and must use the money in the education of their children.
By: David Afum & Nana Yaw Berfi