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Bauchi Govt releases N53m for 2018 Qur’anic recitation

By Husey Abubakar Mbar on 14/01/2018

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•Governor Mohammed Abubakar
•Governor Mohammed Abubakar

The Bauchi State Government has released N53 million for forthcoming national Qur’anic recitation competitions, the Chairman of the competition committee, Dr Zubeiru Madaki has said.

Madaki, who is the state chairman of the organising committee of the competition, announced the release of the fund on Saturday in Kirfi, Bauchi State at the closing ceremony of the 32nd edition of the state competition.

Madaki explained that N17 million out of the fund released to the committee was spent on the purchase of cars and other items, which were presented to participants as gifts at the just-concluded competition.

He said that the balance of N36 million was saved for the forthcoming national competition.

He said that 225 participants comprising of 115 males and 105 females drawn from the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state participated during the exercise as against the 240 participants earlier projected by the committee.

The chairman said that some of the local governments failed to fill their quarters.

Madaki explained that 60 participants, who excelled in the seven male and female categories, were rewarded with four cars, four tricyles (popularly knoen as keke NAPEP), 24 motorcycles, 14 sewing machines and 14 bicycles depending on their levels, while the remaining 180 participants were rewarded with various consolidated prizes.

According to him, the committee would sanction Toro, Bauchi, Misau, Jama’are and Kirfi LGAs that had hired mercenaries from other states to represent them to serve as deterrent to others.

The chairman said that those participants that took first position in all categories would be camped in Bauchi, the state capital, to groom them for the forthcoming national competition scheduled for next month in Katsina State.

He lauded Governor Mohammed Abubakar for supporting the annual event, which has encouraged the youths in memorising the Holy Book.

The Governor, who declared the 2018 state competition closed, said the exercise would promote peace, knowledge and fear of Allah in the lives of Muslims.

Abubakar, represented by his Special Adviser on Politics, Alhaji Kawu Labaran said it would also prepare the youth mentally, spiritually and morally towards the worshipping of their Creator.

He said that religion played crucial role in mounding and shaping the characters of the youth and that such competition would correct the wrong notions and impressions being held by the Western world against Islam.

The Governor commended the committee and initiators as well as the judges for organising such competition and promised continuous government support to the committee.

He also commended the participants for their patience, endurance and moral behaviour during the one-week-long competition.

Abubakar urged the representatives of the state at the forthcoming competition to work hard and ensure that they excel. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 14/01/2018 12:30:53 AM

 

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