The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, on Wednesday, donated food items to the Akropong School for the Blind and Mampong Demonstration School for the Deaf in the Akuapim North Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The beneficiaries took delivery of items worth thousands of Cedis including rice, oil and rams.
Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyao Shuaib stated that the gesture was to mark the Eid al-Fitr celebration with joy and love with the beneficiaries.
Sheikh Aremeyao stressed that it was the heart desire of the National Chief Imam to visit and to demonstrate this kind gesture to the two schools.
“A few days after we have celebrated the Eid al-Fitr festival, National Chief Imam and his advisors taught our fasting wouldn’t be complete without giving attention to the needs of the children and grandchildren in the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind.”
He said “the Chief Imam taught with the spirit of compassion and love would want to pay a visit to these schools to say that he has his grandchildren here, whom he loves so much, whom he cares so much and whose needs are part of the thinking all the time. So we’ve come with some token of donation of food items to help them also have something to be eaten all in the spirit of our celebration.”
He lauded the students for not loitering around the streets to beg for their needs rather using their disability to procure knowledge in school.
“Even in the state of your disability is something that we care for. We have many of you who are on the streets, have not found the opportunity to be in the school like this and we see them begging.
“When we see them, we are not happy but we are happy you are in school here and the government and the traditional authorities are giving you care so that despite the difficulties that you have, you can also still be framed to get some skills that will help you live a more dignifying life,” Spokesperson of the Chief Imam said.
He thanked the staff of the schools for the love and support they are demonstrating to the students.
In furtherance, the National Chief Imam and his entourage paid a courtesy call on the Okuapenhene, Nana Kwasi Akufo III at the Traditional Palace of Akropong.
Addressing the gathering, the National Chief Imam advised the chiefs and the people of Akuapem to bury their differences and sustain peace in the region.
He further calls on the general public to use the Eid al-Fitr celebration to maintain the peace that has reigned in the country.
The Okuapehene, Oseadeeyo Kwesi Akuffo expressed his joy for the visit of the National Chief Imam revealing that, the visit will be a memorable one since it is the first time in history to see the National Chief Imam in Okuapeman.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong also showed his appreciation to the National Chief Imam and his entourage for their kind donations to the disability schools in Akropong and Mampong.