By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The sum of N53 million was released by the Bauchi State Government for the conduct of Qur’anic recitation competition at state and national level participation to the committee saddled with the responsibility.
This year’s weeklong annual event at state level was held at Kirfi, headquarters of a Local Government Area where weekend Amir Yunus from Bauchi LGA and Nafisa Usman from Darazo LGA emerged overall winners of the competition in male and female categories respectively, in 60 Hizb with tafsir.
They were followed by Nazib Ahmed Yusuf from Bogoro Local Government Area and Amira Mohammed Sani from Katagum Local Government Area of the state in 60 Hizb of the Holy Qur’an without tafsir.
Altogether, 60 participants from 225 drawn from the twenty Local Government Areas of Bauchi state were adjudged winners in six categories of the competition made up of 2, 10 and 40 Hizb of the Holy Qur’an, and 60 Hizb male and female categories, as well as 60 Hizb of both male and female with and without tafsir. 240 participants were penciled down for the competition with 12 from each of the 20 LGAs.
The competition at its conclusion however found six of the 225 participants in default of the rule and regulations governing it who were drawn from Bauchi (two), Misau, Jama’are, Toro, and Kirfi the host of this year’s event whom the chairman of the competition judges committee, Mallam Mansur Isa Yelwa said they will definitely be penalized.
Twelve judges drawn from different Local Government Areas, some of whom along other judges from past annual events will conduct a two-week training for selected participants preparatory to the national level of the competition billed to commence in Katsina from February 2, 2018.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar at the closing ceremony of the week-long event in Kirfi congratulated the Qur’anic recitation competition committee, Judges, Participants, Officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and other stakeholders for the successful conduct of the event.
The governor gave the objectives of the competition which include promoting peace and knowledge, honesty, love for one another, and above all the fear of Allah Subhabahu Wa-Ta’ala.
Abubakar, while acknowledging the performance of the 20 LGAs in the completion at local level, and participation at state level in all categories, said that it will go a long way in preparing the youths mentally and spiritually as future leaders of the country.
According to him, the importance of reading and memorizing the Holy Qur’an in the light of the Muslims Umma, especially the teeming youths cannot be over-emphasized, considering the role they will play in shaping human behavior and establishment of cohesive and peaceful society.
Represented by his special adviser on politics, Hon, Kawu Labaran, the governor attributed the series of prevailing crisis around the globe to wrong conception of the teaching of religion and distorted method of impacting knowledge to the youths.
He therefore called on the Ulamas, community leaders and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with the methods and ways the Noble Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions in impacting moral values in the minds of the youths.
Governor said, “As you are aware, moral education and societal generation are the collective responsibility of not only the government, but the entire society”, and appealed to all to start thinking, initiating policies, programmes and ideas on the way forward to solving social problems in the society.
Abubakar assured that his administration will welcome positive ideas from individuals and communities geared towards promoting peaceful co-existence and development of general education in the state.
The governor also assured that his government is ready to partner with any organization found to be useful and organized in promoting not only Islamic education but general education in the state.
He implored the competition committee members to ensure that further training is given to the selected representatives during the camping period for the national stage of the competition slated for Katsina next month.
“I also implore upon those to represent the state at the national competition to behave orderly and abide by the rules of the competition, and to emerge victorious in all the categories so as to maintain the good tempo recorded by the state”.
Abubakar similarly appealed to religious leaders and other stakeholders in the state to continue enlightening the general public on the need to exhibit religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence among the diverse groups of people, and pray for the socio-economic development of the state and the country at large.
The Chairman of the State Qur’anic Recitation Competition Committee, Dr. Zubairu Abubakar Madaki announced that next year’s completion at state level will be staged at Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area.
Dr. Zubairu Madaki commended the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar and the State Grand Khadi, Alhaji Ahmad Rufa’i for the support of prizes and books of Holy Qur’an provided to the organizing committee of the event.
The Chairman of the occasion and the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Othman Bilyaminu Othman who also presided the opening ceremony of the completion expressed delight with the financial and moral support the state government is giving to the annual event and wished the tempo will be maintained.