…earmarks N53m for national competition
The Bauchi State Government has declared that it spent N17 million on the purchase of cars and other items, which were presented to participants as gifts at the just concluded 32nd edition of Qur’an recitation contest in the state. Chairman of the competition committee, Dr Zubeiru Madaki, who said this in Kirfi, Bauchi State, added that the government has released N53 million for national competition. Stating 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, Madaki maintained that the balance of N36 million was saved for the forthcoming national competition.
225 participants comprising of 115 males and 105 females drawn from the 20 Local Governments in the state participated during the exercise as against the 240 participants earlier projected by the committee, he said. 60 participants, who, ac-cording to Madaki, excelled in the seven male and female categories, were rewarded with four cars, four 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.
He declared the committee’s plan to sanction Toro, Bauchi, Misau, Jama’are and Kirfi local government areas 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 to groom them for the forthcoming national competition scheduled for February 2018 in Katsina State. He lauded Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state for supporting the annual event which has encouraged the youths in memorizing the Holy Book.
The governor, who declared the 2018 state competition closed, said the exercise would promote peace, knowledge and fear of Allah (SAW)’ 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 plays crucial role in mounding and shaping the characters of the youth. He said that such competition would also correct the wrong notions and impressions being held by the western world against Islam.
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