The Muslim Students Society (MSS) of the Old Boys Association of Government Secondary School (GSS), Otukpo, Benue State, has protested against the proposed demolition contained in a notice of a mosque in the school’s premises.
But, the state government through the ministry of Education on Tuesday, claimed that the matter has been resolved amicably.
In a letter addressed to the state’s Commissioner for Education, Prof Dennis Ityavyar, the association noted that the Urban Development Board (UDB) on January 20, 2021, marked the mosque which was recently renovated by it (MSS) for demolition.
“Members of the Muslim Students Society (MSS) of the Old Boys Association of Government Secondary School, Otukpo, write to protest the proposed/rumoured demolition of the school mosque.
I served in Benue state, i know little about the state from the capital’s carparks to inside Markudi all the way to Otukpo, Taka to Boko and there’s NO a single mosque for Muslims to pray their daily prayers, even inside the NYSC camp that’s Fed Gov space they didn’t allow it https://t.co/LTWAEvlEnm
— Abakar (@Sirabakar) January 21, 2021
“We urge the commissioner to stop the proposed/rumoured destruction of the renovated mosque at GSS, Otukpo, and restore the principal to the position because other than allowing the renovation of the mosque, he was not given a penny nor contracted to handle the project,” the association stated in the letter.
They added that the mosque was originally built 42 years ago, stressing that, “Owing to the dilapidated nature of the mosque, we, the MSS of the Old Boys Association of GSS, Otukpo, made application to renovate the mosque.”
On his part, the General Manager of UDB, Dr Saint Gbilekaa, admitted to have sighted the petition copied to his office.
Source: Daily Trust
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