Kano Gov Introduces Monthly Allowances For Islamic Leaders
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has introduced monthly allowances for Islamic leaders in the state to boost the teachings of Islamic religion for unity, peace and development.
The governor, who made the declaration in a speech during a meeting with Juma’at Mosque Imams, their Deputies and Mu’azzins at the Government House recently, 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 for them to foster unity among Muslims, and between them and followers of other religions, especially Christianity, for national progress.
The governor noted that the 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. “Besides your primary responsibility, which is to lead worship services as respected community members, you should counsel community members of brotherhood and good neighborliness 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.
In his speech, the 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 Tuesday by his media aide in Kano also called on the 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 be sponsored by the government to attend training programmes to keep them intellectually sound.
The 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.