By OUR REPORTER
At the 2021 edition of National Qur’anic Recitation Competition, which grand finale held in Kano on Saturday 27 March, Governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, gave N5 million to the winners of male and female categories of the competition.
While Muhammad Auwal Gusau from Zamfara State, who emerged the best in male category, got N2.5 million, Nusaiba Shu’aibu Ahmed from Kano State, the winner in the female category got N2.5 million at the 35th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition hosted by Government of Kano State.
In his remarks at the event, the Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said that the Qur’anic competition is aimed at bringing out the benefit of reciting the Holy Book, noting that it is growing stronger every year.
The Sariki Musulumi of Nigeria, therefore, commended Kano State for being a good host and pledged the Sultanate commitment towards enhancing Qur’anic recitation and memorisation in Nigeria.
The DEFENDER reports that the Sultan presided over grand finale of the 34th edition of National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held at the main now of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, and hosted by Lagos State Government before the coronavirus lockdown last year.
Speaking at the occasion on Saturday during the closing ceremony held at the convocation arena of the Bayero University, Kano, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, said a total of 180 males and 190 females from the 36 states of the federation and FCT participated in the nine-day Qur’anic Recitation Competition.
According to him, the participants contested in the six ategories of the competition for both male and female right from two Hizb with practical Tajweed up to 60 Hizb with Tafsir.
Ganduje said: “Our administration has made it as part of its cardinal responsibility to improve Islamic education especially as it relates to Qur’anic recitation and memorisation at all levels. That is why we established the first ever Kano State Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board which has today achieved a lot in the promotion of Islamic education.”
He also assured of continued support to the National Qur’anic Recitation Competition and appreciated the contribution of Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, for conducting and managing the annual Qur’anic recitation competition in the country.