The Zongo Development Fund has initiated moves to partner with STAR-Ghana Foundation to promote peace and security in Zango communities in the country. Under the collaboration, training workshops on peace-building and conflict management will be organized for Chiefs, Imams, women and youth leaders to serve as peace ambassadors in Zango communities.
ZoDF management team led by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai, held preliminary deliberations with the Executive Director of STAR-Ghana Foundation, Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, in Accra last Wednesday. The discussion centered on peacebuilding, assistance for marginalized communities, the vulnerable in society and capacity-building programmes. Dr. Abdulai explained that the ZoDF is mandated by its enabling Act (Zongo Development Fund Act 964, 2017) to explore collaboration with various internal and external stakeholders in order to increase the capacity of the Fund to execute its mandate. He emphasized that the Act empowers the agency to pursue additional funding alternatives in order to complement the statutory support it receives from the central government. He further elaborated that the collaboration with STAR-Ghana Foundation would boost the Fund’s capacity to deliver relevant initiatives on peacebuilding, violence associated with political vigilantism, the menace of drug abuse in Zango communities, among others.
Dr. Abdulai made these statements at the maiden meeting of the two institutions, at the offices of STAR GHANA Foundation, in Accra. On his part, Mr Amidu commended the Chief Executive Officer of ZoDF for the initiative to partner with the Foundation to implement programmes in Zango communities. He noted that both institutions share similar objectives in the area of socio-economic empowerment for the marginalized and the disadvantaged communities; adding that access to quality social services by women, marginalized communities and the disadvantaged are areas of interest to the Foundation.
Mr Amidu stated that fostering peace and security and improving the capacity of marginalized communities to participate actively in meaningful socio-economic activities was paramount to the Foundation. He expressed the readiness of the Foundation to respond positively to the initiative taken by the ZoDF.
Officials of STAR-Ghana Foundation at the meeting included the Programmes Manager, Ms Eunice Agbenyadzi.
The ZoDF officials who accompanied the CEO to the meeting include, Mr. Thomas Baah, administrator; Alhaji Musah Yahaya Jafaru and Mallam Ahmed Ayuba, Corporate Affairs & PR and Ms Aisha Sissy, PA to the CEO.
Source: WadataOnline.com/Muhammed Faisal Mustapha