By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
The sum of N53 million was released by the Bauchi State Government for the hosting of this year’s Qur’anic recitation competition among participants, drawn from the 20 Local Government Areas in the state.
Declaring the 31st edition of the competition opened, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar said that the money is allocated primarily for the competition.
He explained that the money is to be used for the purchase of items to be given out to the winners and for accommodation of participants and officials during the week-long event.
The Governor described the Holy Qur’an as the most powerful of all religious books in the world, submitting, “It is a must for any Muslim to know how to read and recite the Holy Quran.”
In view of its importance, the Governor added that, “There is the need for Muslim associations to embark on this type of programme for the benefit of young Muslims across the globe.”
He therefore called on parents to make it possible for their children to embrace Islamic knowledge, adding that Islamic organizations cannot do it alone without the support of parents.
Governor Abubakar said that his administration will continue to support Qur’anic Education in the state, adding that it would even sponsor the best candidates outside the country for this type of competition.
He commended the recitation competition committee under the leadership Dr Zubairu Abubakar Madaki for a job well done in selecting Islamic scholars from across the state for this year’s competition, and urged the committee to do justice in selecting the best candidates who will emerge winners.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Baba Madugu said that the Qur’anic recitation competition has been organized for the past 30 years both at the state and local government levels, stating that the state has been producing best candidates for the World Qur’anic recitation competition.
The commissioner expressed delight that government has appointed the right people who are equal to the task and who will do justice in picking the best reciter in accordance with the set down rules and regulations of the competition.
In his speech, the chairman of the Qur’anic recitation committee, Dr Zubairu Abubakar Madaki, thanked Governor Abubakar for the support he has been gaving to the Qur’anic recitation competition.
He said that the competition is meant for both male and female Qur’an reciters from the 20 local government areas of the state with 220 participants drawn from the 13 LGAs that collected and returned their participation forms are participating in this year’s edition.
Madaki disclosed that four cars, four tricycles known as Keke NAPEP, 22 motorcycles, 15 bicycles, sewing machines and clothes are to be given out to winners in different categories of the Qur’anic competition.
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.