By Kudirat Oluboyo, Akure
Fourteen local governments in Ondo state have participated in this year’s Quran recitation competition organised by the National Council of Muslim Unity Organization (NACOMYO).
The competition held on Saturday at the Akure central mosque was the 34th edition of the annual event aimed at broadening the knowledge of the reciters/participants.
The recitation was moderated by four judges. They are, Alhaji AbdulRahaman Animasaun from Oyo State, Alhaj Zakariyyah AbdulGaniy Abimbade from Osun state, Malam Dhikrullah Muhammadu-Thamin Onikunkeu from Osun state and Malam AbdulSamad Abbas Zakariyyah from Oyo state.
The reciters, male and female, who were between 7 – 8 participants were distributed into six categories.
At the end of the competition which lasted for over 8 hours, the male category saw Kamil Bello emerging the winner in the 2nd category; Furqan Umaru Rasheed won in the 3rd category; Bankole Abdulmatin won the 4th category; AbdulAzeez Ridwanullah was the winner of the 5th category while Abdullah AbdulLateef won the 6th category.
On the female side are Romulat Abdazeez, winner of the 2nd category; Musliudeen Hikmah won the 3rd category; Fatimah Adam got the 4th category; Jemilah Saheed was the winner of the 5th category while Muqtar Khasiah emerged the winner of the 6th category.
Earlier, the state coordinator of NACOMYO, Alhaji Yekini Alli in his address, believed that the competition will avail the body opportunity of getting the very best among the youths to represent Ondo State at the National competition coming up in Kano soon.
Alli enjoined parents to always monitor their children and invest in their education while urging the youths to take advantage of their strength at a tender age to learn.
“Pay good attention to your education; western, Islamic and vocational. Your commitment to Quran should be increased. This will help you more now and even in the future. It is my prayer that Allah, the owner of knowledge will give you more of it,” he said.
The Precision NG reports that the competition was attended by participants from Akure North, Akure South, Ilaje, Akoko North-West and Akoko South-West.
Others are Akoko North-East, Akoko South-East, Ondo East, Ondo West and Idanre.
Ifedore, Odigbo, Owo and Ose also had participants in the competition.