- Jigawa state government is set to build 95 additional mosques in the state; 90 congressional prayer mosques and 5 daily prayer mosques
- The state government has opened tender for the construction of the mosques
- Isma’il Ibrahim, who is a spokesperson at the office of the SSG, said the bid is opening for the second quarter of 2019, adding that 200 contractors are bidding for the contracts
The Jigawa state government, under the administration of Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, is set to build 90 congressional prayer mosques in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.
Legit.ng gathered that the state government has opened tender for the construction of the 90 mosques in addition with five daily prayer mosques across the 30 constituencies of the state.
Isma’il Ibrahim, who is a spokesperson at the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), made this known in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday, December 17.
Ibrahim said the bid is opening for the second quarter of 2019, adding that 200 contractors are bidding for the contracts.
There are also assurances that the bidding process would be transparent, fair and just.
How Nigerians are reacting
Shortly after the development, many Nigerians on social media condemned the move as one that should not be the focus of the state government. However, a few also argued that the government's decision to build mosques does not mean it is not providing other essential services in the state. See some reactions below:
Recall that in 2017, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi of Kano asked governors in the north to start converting mosques to primary schools, especially in the villages.
The outspoken monarch said this during the Kano Educational Week programme.
“I was in Morocco sometimes ago and I asked to see their universities. They took me to mosques where I saw each serving as classrooms teaching Computer Science and other subjects," he said.
According to Emir Sanusi, the mosque is not originally meant for prayers alone, but also used for events like marriages, educational activities and leadership training.
He argued that using the mosques for these other practices would help to save money and energy while adding that if this idea was adopted, funds allocated to building schools could be used for other things including training of teachers.
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