Story by Mohammed Abdul Nazeef Alfa, Nazim Isha’at, Upper West Zone
About 300 Ahmadi youth volunteers have been given orientation to equip them with necessary skills and knowledge on security and other related duties to be performed before, during and after the 86th Annual national convention held at Pomadze near Winneba. The orientation programme was held at the convention grounds for selected Khuddam across all regions of Ghana.
In an opening address Mr. Nasir Ahmad Bonsu, Sadr Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya-Ghana, welcomed participants to Bagh-e-Ahmad and expressed gratitude to Allah the Almighty for the opportunity to serve the jamaat once again. He said the main purpose of the gathering was to refresh ourselves on the already existing duties the Khuddam have been performing for the past Jalsas. Sadr sahib reminded members that “key to our success is absolute obedience and respect for authority”.
Mr. Usman Yaw Baidoo, Naib Sadr, Southern Sector, spoke extensively on the chain of command and communication among members in their various line of duty. He mentioned that our work this year should be an improvement on the previous year’s challenges. He added that inshaAllah among the few new activities would be the establishment of a security complaint desk with a hotline. This, he said would improve communication among team members during the convention.
The Naib Sadr, Northern Sector Mr. Hanif Bipuah spoke on a detailed work schedule assigned to the volunteers. He touched on the specific roles of the various group leaders and urged participants to exhibit lots of patients in their dealings with other participants of the convention.
On security, W. O (Rtd) Yussif briefed participants on some basic security tips in order to beef up the security arrangements for the Jalsa. He pointed out that, volunteers should always remember the four cardinal elements of security namely: control, detect, limit and detain.
Mr. Suleman Wahab, who represented the Chairman of the Statistics sub-committee explained to the participants how the various accreditation and tag systems should operate throughout the Jalsa period.
On health and emergency issues, Dr. Ahmed Sahibzada Rafi, Chairman, health sub-committee (men) also took participants through some basic health tips in case of emergency.
The concluding session of the programme offered participants the opportunity to engage in questions and answers.