Speakers at TUDEC’s 9th Dialogue & Peace Iftar dinner urge religious tolerance in Ghana

TUDEC’s annual Dialogue and Peace Iftar Dinner and Award Ceremony took place on Thursday 29th April, 2021.

The 9th edition was organized in collaboration with the National Peace Council. The evening commenced with the breaking of the fast as in accordance with the Muslim tradition.

Sheikh I.C. Quaye, the Chairman of the Hajj Committee and Rt. Rev. Daniel S.M. Torto of the Anglican Diocese of Accra ushered in the event with a Muslim and Christian prayer respectively.

The speakers for the event all spoke about the need to appreciate one another as individuals and to always choose dialogue as the first step in every problem-solving. They explained the need to love one another and to be selfless in everything we do.

Additionally, they all agreed that in Ghana, there’s peaceful-coexistence amongst us no matter the community one finds himself in, be it Christian, Muslim or Traditional.

They acknowledged that generally Ghanaians are very hospitable and accommodating, two crucial traits necessary for people to be able to co-exist.

The second part of the night was the award ceremony that sought to recognize individuals in society for their dedicated service and leadership role in championing peace and unity.

The recipients of the award for this year were the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, the Presiding Bishop of the Western West Africa Episcopal District, Rt. Rev. Dr. Hilliard K. Dela Dogbe, and Sheikh Imam Awal Shuaib (Imam of Greater Accra Dagomba Community).

The event was attended by quite a number of dignitaries who had come to witness and be part of this august gathering amongst which were Mr. Michael Nsowah (Chairman of the Ghana Education Service Council) and who was also the Chairman for the night, Alhaji Mohammed Munira Limuna (Former Agric Minister), Rt. Lt. Col. Ahmed Umar Sanda, Rear Admiral Tahiru, Sheikh Armeyawo (Spokesperson for Chief Imam), and Dr. Nabil Nuamah (Medical practitioner at 37 Military Hospital).

The rest are Rt. Rev. Dr. Hilliard K. Dela Dogbe (Presiding Bishop of the Western West Africa Episcopal District), Prof. Nii Nortey Botchway (Counsel-Global Trade & Export Controls), Mohammed Kamil (Representative of Imam Awal Shuaib), as well as representatives of institutions such as NCCE, Christian Council of Ghana, National Peace Council, A.M.E. Zion Church, Daily Graphic and a host of others.

Due to the strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols only a limited number of individuals participated in this year’s event.

The Chairman for the event, Mr. Michael Nsowah admonished everyone to be accommodating of the different religions practiced and to always remember to look out for one another.

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