Governor Shettima earlier today awarded scholarship to five winners and cash to six others who represented Borno State at the 2018 National Qur’anic recitation competition.
The Governor announced the rewards on Monday in Maiduguri when he received the participants, accompanied by members of the Qur’anic Competition Committee led by the Chief Imam of Borno, Imam Laisu Ibrahim Ahmed.
Beneficiaries of the scholarship award include; Al-Bashir Goni Usman who was last year’s 1st Position at the Kwara State Qur’anic Recitation Competition. He got 2nd Position at the International Competition held in Saudi Arabia where he was awarded SR100,000 (equivalent to N10,000,000), Amina Ali Mohammed who was this year’s overall winner in the female 1st category in Katsina State. She won a car (G.M.) costing about N4,900,000 and a cash prize of N500,000 by the Katsina State Government.
Others are Sale Abubakar Sale (1st position in male 4th category) who won a Hyundai car worth N3,600,000 and awarded N500,000 cash prize, Idris Abubakar Mohammed (2nd in the 3rd category recitation), who won one tricycle worth N600,000, a deep freezer, and N250,000 cash, and Aisha Hamidu (4th in 2nd category) who won a motorcycle worth N190,000 and a cash prize of N150,000.
The remaining six participants were given N50,000 each by the Katsina State Government.
Impressed with their performance, Governor Kashim Shettima directed the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education to process their scholarships immediately, adding that six of the remaining participants will get One Hundred Thousand Naira each.
He assured that the Government will construct two Qur’anic Schools in the three Senatorial Districts of the State, and a new operational vehicle will be given to the Qur’anic recitation committee to facilitate their movement, so also commended the judges for doing the State proud.
Earlier in his remarks, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alh. Mohammed Abatcha said ten participants from Borno were selected to represent the State in which four emerged overall winners in various categories.
In their separate remarks, Chief Imam of Borno, Imam Laisu Ibrahim Ahmed, and Secretary of the Committee, Sheikh Ibrahim Umara acknowledged the tremendous support enjoyed from the State Government under the leadership of Hon. Kashim Shettima.
They however appealed to the Governor to re-construct the Qur’anic Schools approved by the State Government in the three Senatorial districts and provide them with a new operational vehicle.
Highlight of the occasion was the symbolic presentation of certificates of participation and keys of the vehicles won by them during the competition, and recitation of some verses in the Holy Qur’an by the winners, and a test drive of the cars by Governor Shettima afterwards.