By Maxwell Okamafo Addo
The Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has said that signs of economic recovery seen in the cedi appreciating against the major international trading currencies is a result of pragmatic measures the government had put in place.
Touching on the financial and technical assistance Ghana was seeking from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), he expressed optimism of the economy witnessing a recovery with the conclusion of talks between the government and the IMF.
Mr Amissah-Arthur made the statement last Saturday, when he addressed Muslims in Takoradi in the Western Region to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Adha (festival of sacrifice) prayers.
He appealed to religious faiths to maintain the high levels of religious tolerance and the peaceful co-existence currently prevailing in the country.
He stated that the peace in the country, could not be taken for granted, noting that without peace the government cannot provide the much needed infrastructure to better the lives of the people.
The Vice-President equally advised Muslim youth to endeavour to live in peace and shun indiscipline, criminality and immorality. He asked them to remember the lessons of the celebration which was anchored on sacrifice, obedience and love.
“Let us bear in mind that the unconditional obedience of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son and the teachings of the Holy Quran offer guidance on how the faithful can receive abundant blessings and favour from Allah,” Mr Amissah-Arthur said.
“As we commemorate this feast, I call on all Muslims to offer special prayers for the peace and continued political and socio-economic development of our country,” the Vice-President added.
On the Ebola scare which has claimed thousands of lives in the sub-region Mr Amissah-Arthur implored Ghanaians to keep their environment clean and take measures to help health officials to contain the outbreak of cholera in the country.
He submitted that the government equally would continue to put in place the needed measures to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading to the country. While enumerating the symptoms of the disease which exhibits those of malaria, the Vice-President advised the citizenry to avoid contacts with body fluids of suspected infected persons.
He observed that the good neighbourliness and Ghana’s own self-preservation informed the decision to site the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Accra.
The Vice-President urged Ghanaians to be vigilant and report suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest health facility .