Hon. Alhassan Mumuni, Member of Parliament (MP) for Salaga North Constituency, has called on government to consider an additional holiday for the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration in the country.
According to him, the first day of the two-day holiday should be fixed on the estimated 30th day of Ramadan, which is also likely to be the Eid day, while the second day of the two-day holiday should either be on the actual Eid day or a day after.
“Mr. Speaker, I humbly propose that the State considers an additional holiday for Eid-ul- Fitr celebration. The first day of the two-holidays should be fixed on the estimated 30th day of Ramadan, which is also likely to be the Eid day. Then the second day of the two-day holiday will either be on the actual Eid day or the day after.”
“I am also very concerned about the economic cost of holidays. I would, therefore, further propose a caveat to my proposed two-day Eid holidays. Which is that, if either of the two days falls on any statutory holiday or non-working day, that particular day will not be pushed forward to the next working day,” the Salaga North MP said.
In his view, “a two-day holiday will make it possible for Muslims to celebrate the Eid and also allow the entire Ghanaian community, thus businesses, academia and the general public, almost 30 days to plan their calendars.”
Alhaji Mumuni made the call in a statement delivered on the floor of parliament last Friday, toward the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, which was observed yesterday around the world.
Alhaji Mumuni said the Eid-ul- Fitr deserves a two-day holiday because the calendar is not easily predicted and that in other jurisdictions the Ramadan celebration lasts up to three days, but that cannot be said in Ghana as only a day is graciously designated as a holiday.
He however, expressed the hope that the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs would liaise with the Minister for the Interior to make a case for the two-day Eid-ul-Fitr holiday for the Muslim community in the country, stating that, when the two-day holidays are granted it would yield to the enormous social and economic benefit to Ghanaians.
Alhaji Mumuni therefore urged Muslim youth in the country, especially in the Salaga North Constituency, to desist from negative acts that tend to tarnish the image of the religion and the teachings of Islam.
He further appealed to the youth to uphold the values of Islam and not to be used as instruments of violence to destabilise the prevailing peace in the country in the name of celebrating Ramadan.
The MP pointed out that Islam enjoined its followers to be tolerant and law abiding and therefore the ummah or followers should avoid social vices that discredited the religion with acts that were a threat to the people.
He reiterated the need for individuals, stakeholders and civil society groups to complement the efforts of state institutions in enforcing law and order in the country.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba