By Ahmed Ajikobi
Worried about the spate of insecurity in the country and in an effort to protect worshippers, the management of Ilorin Central Jum’mat Mosque in Kwara State has installed Close Circuit Television (CCTV) at the mosque complex.
The CCTV camera covers the interior and exterior parts of the expansive mosque complex, while it’s functions can be monitored by designated officers from their phones in any part of the world.
The Chairman of the Mosque’s Central Working Committee, Alhaji Sheu AbdulGafar, disclosed this on Thursday during the meeting of the mosque’s board of trustees and stakeholders in Ilorin .
AbdulGafar, who presented the 2021 progress report of the Mosque, added that the management also completed the mosque’s library complex which has over 20,000 collection of books and journals, covering all aspects of Islamic studies and a few professional books in engineering, law, accounting and English language.
The library, which is equipped with internet facility, serves both digital and manual users.
The Chairman further disclosed that the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari had approved the use of 65 plots of land at the Ilorin Yidi praying ground for investment purposes for the Central Juma’at Mosque.
AbdulGafar added that the state government had issued a certificate of occupancy (C of O) in respect of the Ilorin Yidi praying ground in favour of the Ilorin central Juma’at Mosque.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Ilorin Central Juma’at Mosque, retired Justice Alfa Belgore, said that “Ilorin is wholly Islam”.
The former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who said that the people of Ilorin were God-fearing and peaceful, urged the people to continue in that regard.
Dignitaries in attendance are, Mallam Yusuf Ola-Olu Ali, SAN, ex- Speaker KWHA Ali Ahmad, ex-Attorney General of Kwara state, Kamal Ajibade, former Provost COED, Saka Opobiyi, Engineer Maliki WOPA, Gidado Yunus, retired AIG, Issa Ojibara, Saka Yisau, among others.
By Ahmed Ajikobi