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By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, last night ordered relevant government’s agencies to commence process of ending dearth of Islamic teachers by employing fresh teachers to teach Arabic studies across primary and secondary schools in the state.
Similarly, the governor directed the Ondo state Muslim Welfare Board to fast track work on the construction of first Mosque inside the state Government House, Alagbaka Akure.
Akeredolu gave the directives on Sunday in Akure when he joined members of the State Muslim community to break Ramadan fast, tagged “Iftar with Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu“.
The Governor had since inception of his administration made it a point of duty to break fast with the Muslim during the Ramadan.
Akeredolu said the state was too sensitive for anyone to discriminate among religious bodies or discriminate against Muslims, hence his decision to approve the construction of first Mosque inside the Government House and employment of Islamic teachers.
The governor who spoke in Yoruba language, said, “Muslim welfare board should expedite action on the foundation laying of the first Mosque in the Government House. We have already allocated land where it will be, we are ready anytime for the foundation laying of the Mosque”.
“Thank God SUBEB chairman, SA on Education are here, they should work with our baba (Chief Imams) to know type of qualified people who will be employ as Islamic teachers; we can’t just engage anyhow people, we need the experience of our scholars. Let this be done on time”.
He added that the Muslims are as important as the Christians in the state.
The Governor who said he was always looking forward to the yearly Iftar, announced that all arrangements had been concluded to build a Mosque inside the government House.
Akeredolu charged the people to always put the interest of the state above personal satisfaction, adding that the government is exploring every avenue to develop the state from all sides.
He said the people stand to benefit immensely from the massive developmental projects been executed by his administration, particularly on road construction, construction of public primary schools and provision of potable water supply.
The Chief Imams of Owo, Ikare-Akoko and Ondo town, Alhaji Ahmed Aladesawe, Abass Abubakar and Alhaji Alimi said special prayers for the progress and peaceful coexistence in the Country, the State and their leaders.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede commended Governor Akeredolu for his different developmental revolutions across the state.
The cleric who christened the governor “Wonderful Aketi” explained that Akeredolu had done so many wonderful things that are beyond the people’s expectations by sustaining some of the projects executed by his predecessor (Dr Olusegun Mimiko).