At least about 1,000 delegates are expected to participate at the 34th National Qur’an recitation competition holding in Lagos State.
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Otunba AbdulFatahi Olukoga, who disclosed this, said that Lagos State being the cosmopolitan state, is fully ready to organise the Qur’an recitation competition like other states of the federation that had successfully hosted the highly rewarding competition.
Olukoga, who described the competition tagged “Lagos for Qur’an 1441 (2020)” as annual event that brings together Muslim youths who have committed the Qur’an to memory from all the states of the federation including the federal capital territory, said that Lagos was doing everything possible to make the hosting of the annual competition successful.
According to him, the winner of the national competition would represent Nigeria at various international competitions which hold in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and other Muslim countries, adding that it was interesting to note that Nigeria had emerged the first in the international competition.
Noting that Lagos has last hosted the competition since 1992, Olukoga, a former Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, said that part of the challenges of hosting the competition in Lagos are that the influx and the caliber of people coming into the state for the competition are usually
Intimidating enough to engineer provision for their stay during the competition and that the competition has grown enough to draw government attention awareness.
He explained that the competitions were in different categories with star prizes ranging from brand new cars, tricycles, cash and other consolation prizes for the winners and runner ups in the competition that will kick off on the 27th of December, 2019 and end on 4th of January 2020.