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Abdul Rahman spearheads gigantic mosque project in FULafia

By Abubakar Ibrahim

What can be described as a gigantic project was, recently, kick-started in the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) when Muslims from all walks of life gathered there to put the first block for building of a Juma'a prayer mosque in the ground.

When completed, the mosque would be known as the Federal University of Lafia Juma'a Central Mosque.

The gathering for the foundation laying ceremony of the mosque project took place at the Permanent Site Campus of the Federal University of Lafia.

Presently, Muslims in the University perform the weekly Juma'a (Friday) congregational prayer at a temporary mosque within the Permanent Site Campus of the University.

The foundation laying ceremony was led by the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engineer A. A. Sule, who admonished people to fear Allah, spread His words and work in line with His wishes.

In his speech soon after he laid the first block for building of the mosque, the governor promised, on behalf of himself and his government, to contribute handsomely for the building of the campus Juma'a prayer mosque.

Represented by his aide, Sheikh Muhammad Ali, the governor commended authorities of University, led by the vice-chancellor, for ensuring peace among religions adherents in the University, advising people in the state to work for continued peace and development of the state and Nigeria in general.

Speaking during the foundation laying ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of FULafia, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, praised Muslims within and outside the University for their contributions towards the successful holding of the event, saying that their efforts would be abundantly rewarded by Allah.

He singled out the former chief executive officer of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Alhaji Danladi Envulu'anza, for the huge financial contribution he made for commencement of building of the mosque.

According to the vice-chancellor, Envulu'anza has shown his keen interest in the project "right from the moment he was informed about it and we're grateful to him for donating money with a promise to donate more for the building of the mosque."

The vice-chancellor reminded all that the mosque, when built, would serve Muslims in the University as well as it would others, especially travellers, "because it situated by the gate of the University."

Abdul Rahman appealed to Muslims not to relent in their efforts to see to the quick completion of the mosque.

Speaking, the Chairman of the Governing Council of FULafia, Emeritus Professor Munzali Jibril, called on Muslims to commit themselves to the quick realisation of the mosque project, reminding them that they would forever be rewarded for their contributions by Allah.

He said that in "this project, no amount of contributions can be considered big or small," appealing to the Muslims to invite their friends, colleagues and relatives from far and near to contribute.

In their separate speeches, the emirs of Lafia, Keffi and Doma, Didi Bage Muhammed, Shehu Yamusa and Aliyu Onawo, respectively, promised to assist to realise the project, saying that they would mobilise resources for its speedy completion.

In his vote of thanks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of FULafia, Professor Idris Amali, thanked the guests for attending the event, promising that money and other resources "that will be realised for the mosque project will be judiciously utilised."

At the end of the well attended event which lasted for more than an hour, donations of cash were made by dignitaries who graced the occasion including Hon. Aliyu Ahmed Wadada, a former member of the House of Representatives, and some management staff of FULafia.

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