Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has emphasised the importance of constructing additional mosques as a centre for the integration and advancement of Islam and the Muslim population in the country.
Mr Pantami made the claim at the Public Presentation of Progress Report and Milestones on Al-Noor Mosque Expansion Project, held on Saturday in Abuja at the International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education, ICICE.
He stated that mosques have traditionally played an important role in the development of Islamic culture and education, and that the first university in the world was founded in a mosque.
“The second university in the world was likewise founded in a mosque.” Similarly, the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco was the world’s first university and first degree-awarding institution.
“It was followed by the University of Al Azhar in Cairo, Egypt, both of which sprang out of a mosque.”
“This is to demonstrate that a mosque is more than just a place where we gather to do five daily prayers; it is also a place of study, child upbringing, Muslim unity, and advice and counselling.”
“A mosque is also a location where Muslims are taught excellent moral behaviour and where economic growth takes place, among other things.”
According to Mr Pantami, the International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education in Abuja is one of the most effective Islamic centres in the country.
“At the centre, activities include praying five times a day, conducting marriage activities, and caring for orphans, widows, and vulnerable groups.”
“ICICE also works on marriage reconciliation, helping the destitute and needy, notably internally displaced people (IDPs), and teaching our children in nursery, secondary schools, and adult education.”
“By implication, you may consider this centre to be an informal university, especially when you consider the activities that take place here, as well as the level of teaching and other activities.”
“It is because of this that we believe it is vital for us to reassemble here to inform our brothers and sisters on the voyage thus far.”
Earlier, Dr Kabir Kabo, Director-General of ICICE, stated that the project is between 30 and 40% complete, adding that when the female Wing construction begins after Ramadan, the project would be accelerated.
“Basically, what we have created is about N2 billion, and what we have extended is approximately N800 million.” We are fortunate that the BUA Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdul Samad Rabiu, has pledged to supply all of the cement.
“That has aided in cost-cutting.” But, with the type of work that will be done in the female Wing, we may be requesting more funding in the area of N500 million very soon.
“The initial estimate for the project is N3.15 billion, with various components such as the excavator, solar, elevator, lighting, and other items costing an extra N800 million.”
“Thus, even though the real contract amount for the building work is N3.15 billion. Then, in order to achieve the desired excesses, a separate budget in the range of N600 to N800 million is required.”
Dr Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC and Chairman of the ICICE Advisory Committee, further stated that the project represents Al-Noor Mosque’s contribution to nation building and national development, and that it would be completed by next Ramadan.
“We have a really effective and efficient contractor, and we are extremely happy of how well this job is progressing.” Here, we will produce Muslims who are well-educated, moderate, and well-informed, and who will be able to contribute to society.
“This is to guarantee that our community is not perceived as an exclusion of the entire country, and that this is a community that will give value to all of us so that we may all leave this country peacefully to realise our own individual and collective objectives as Nigerian citizens.”
“The entire objective here is to guarantee that inclusiveness is fostered, that young people, who account for more than 70% of the nation’s population, are provided for.” They require assistance so that they may learn and participate with the community, as well as respect people who are not members of the group.”
The project’s foundation and appeal fund were launched on Saturday, April 24, 2021, with an anticipated cost of N4 billion and was given to a contractor at a cost of N3.15 billion.