Gabriel Idibia, Kano
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has introduced monthly allowances for Islamic leaders.
He said the move was to boost the teachings of religion for unity, peace and development.
The governor who disclosed this in a speech during a meeting with Juma’at Mosque Imams, their Deputies and Mu’azzins at the Government House Kano, explained that each Imam and their deputies would get a monthly stipend of N20, 000 and N15, 000 respectively, while every Mu’azzin will take home N10, 000 monthly.
He reminded Imams in the state of the need to foster unity among Muslims, and between them and followers of other religions, especially Christianity, for national progress.
The governor said Imams should also be responsible for enlightening and inspiring Muslims on peaceful pursuits, and urged them not to relent in educating community members on correct understanding of Islam.
The governor explained that “each Imam will get a monthly stipend of N20, 000, their deputies, N15, 000 each while every Mu’azzin will take home N10, 000 monthly.
“Imams in the state should foster unity among Muslims and between them and followers of other religions, mainly Christianity, for national progress.
“Besides your primary responsibility, which is to lead worship services as respected community members, you should counsel community members of brotherhood and good neighbourliness so as to facilitate national development”, the governor stressed.
Governor Ganduje also emphasized on the need for them to always update their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues so as to provide proper guidance on personal, religious and social issues.
On the allowance introduced for the Islamic leaders, he explained that “each Imam will get a monthly stipend of N20, 000, their deputies, N15, 000 each while every Mu’azzin will take home N10, 000 monthly”.
In his speech, Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, represented by the Waziri of Kano, Alh. Waziri Shehu Gidado, tasked the religious leaders on promoting social harmony, pointing out that they must set examples for other Muslims to follow.
Ganduje, in a statement issued yesterday by his media aide in Kano also called on Islamic leaders to continue to pray for peace and prosperity in the nation.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the governor on Special Duties, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil explained that the remuneration for Imams was introduced to support the beneficiaries in carrying out duties, saying they would also be sponsored by the government to attend training programmes to keep them intellectually sound.
Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. M. S. Zahraddeen, in his remarks, thanked the state government for assisting the religious leaders, and advocated for the setting up of an independent foundation in the state to address the issue of sustainability of their stipend.