MUSLIMS and Christians at Ave-Afiadenyigba in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region were united as children of the same father during the Eid-Ul-Adha celebration last Saturday when members of the two sects jointly took part in a public education forum on child welfare, to mark the day.
The event was organised by a local non-governmental organisation, Humanity and Nature Trust to encourage men to play more pro-active household roles, beyond the provision of household maintenance money.
In a presentation, the Executive Director of the trust, Rev Gershon Kwame Osei urged men to play key roles in the ante-natal clinic attendance of their wives, saying the woman was the mainstay of the home.
Apart from that, he said the duty of immunising the child against the 13 childhood diseases must not be left solely to the mother.
“The child belongs to both the father and the mother, and so they must both play important and dynamic roles in bringing up the child,” Rev Osei added.
Touching on the celebration, he said the strong bond of cordiality between Muslims and Christians at Ave-Afiadenyigba was commendable and conducive to the development of the area.
Rev Osei said the provision of basic amenities such schools and clinics in the communities would benefit all and sundry, irrespective of the religious affiliation of the people.
“For that matter, we must always uphold the peace and move forward in progress,” he told the gathering.
That peace, Rev Osei said, would be most effective and constructive if it began at the domestic level with male involvement in the welfare of the child and the family.
Among those who took part in the forum were Catholics, members of the Christ Apostolic Church, Pentecostal Holiness Church and Church of Pentecost, all in Ave-Afiadenyigba.