Kano Govt Sponsors 50 Imams, Islamic Scholars To Saudi Arabia For Training – Ganduje
50 Imams and Islamic scholars have been sponsored by Kano state government for training on guidance and preaching techniques in Saudi Arabia, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has disclosed, urging them to continue to support and pray for President Buhari to succeed.
He made the disclosure when members of the state Izalatul Bid Wa Ikamatus Sunnah, an Islamic non-governmental organization, paid him a courtesy call on Tuesday, saying that the sponsorship would continue gradually as the economy of the state improves.
The training, according to the governor, would expose them to preaching techniques and update their knowledge of religious and secular issues in the light of rapid globalization, stressing that the importance of the training to the propagation of Islam cannot be overemphasized. He lamented that some religious scholars, instead of guiding their followers to do right, they rather distance them from the right path because of lack of preaching techniques.
Governor Ganduje said his administration recently introduced monthly allowances for Imams and their supporting personnel, explaining that each Imam would get a monthly stipend of N20,000, their deputies N15,000 each, while every Mu’azzin will take home N10,000.
The governor appealed to members of the Izala group to educate Muslims on Right of Passage during Friday Congregational Prayer, noting that unnecessary blocking of roads during the prayers is against Islamic precepts.
Ganduje reassured that the state government was ready to partner with any organization for the progress of the state and Nigeria at large. Earlier, the state chairman of the group, Sheikh Sani Sharif Umar, said they were at Government House to introduce newly elected members of the state branch, assuring that they would support the government to achieve its goals.