Zongo Development Fund was the idea of Alhaji Aliu Mahama - Veep Bawumia

| Updated Nov 17, 2017 at 4:03am



Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed that the coming into being of the Zongo Development Fund was the brain work of the late former Vice President, Aliu Mahama.

Dr. Bawumia described Aliu Mahama as a kind person, and he will forever be grateful to him.

He said the idea to create the Zongo Development Fund Bill which was recently approved by Parliament, was influenced by determination of the late Vice President to improve the lives of Zongo dwellers.

“We see him (Aliu Mahama), as a pioneer as far as our politics is concerned. As Vice President to President Kufuor, he brought something unique to the table. He straddled the zongo community and northern community. The story of the Zongo Development fund was started with Alhaji Aliu Mahama. We were talking and he said we have to do things to let the Zongo appreciate that the NPP is not anti-Zongo as the propaganda was at the time. We said what can we do, and we started talking about specific interventions because successive governments had not paid attention to the zongos. So that is why when we brought that suggestion to Nana Akufo-Addo he immediately said that is a good idea, let us put it in the manifesto and today by the grace of God, we are establishing the Zongo Development Fund,” he added.

Vice president Dr. Bawumia was speaking at the "Adua" (special Muslim prayers) to mark the fifth year since the late former Vice President passed on into glory.

Vice President Bawumia said the late Aliu Mahama, through his recommendation and tutelage made him who he is today.