By: Abdul-Iddrisu Faisel | Voltaonlinegh |
Member of Parliament (MP) for Akatsi North Constituency and Ranking Member on Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe has called on the Muslim community to desist from giving out their teen daughters into early marriage but rather prioritise their education.
Hon. Nortsu-Kotoe said Zongo communities across the country were deprived, and the best way to changing the narrative was to have children from Zongo communities attaining higher standards in the area of education, calling for much focus on the girl child.
The MP who made the call when he joined Muslim faithful from the constituency at Ave-Afiadenyigba Zongo on Sunday for Eid Prayers disclosed that the people’s request for additional classroom block for the Islamic school had been heard and that work would start by September this year.
He however noted that “the facility if completed, would have to be occupied by your children and it is important you send all these young ones to school, that’s the only way we can put the facility to use.”
He urged them to dump the culture of giving out their young daughters into marriage and secure their future by sending them to school.
“It is also important you desist from giving out your daughters into early marriage, it jeopardizes their future. I am by this extending the call for you to make the education of your daughters a paramount issue. They can also become lawyers, doctors, teachers and big time personalities in the future.”
“If they’re educated, nobody can swindle or deceive them and that’s also the best way of alleviating the poverty level of our Zongo communities,” he added.
Ghanaian Muslims on Sunday, August 11, joined Muslims across the globe to offer Eid prayers in commemoration of the 2019 sacrificial Eid-Adhar.