A multimillion naira central mosque has been completed in Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State.
The mosque has a capacity of 2,300 worshipers and another 600 space to house others, including women’s and library sections.
Speaking on Saturday at the inauguration, the chairman of the Mosque Building Committee, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi, who is also the Secretary of the Government of Gombe State, initiated the reconstruction project of the Central Mosque, which was first built to fulfill the wishes of the late Ahmadu. Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto in 1968.
Njodi said the mosque’s reconstruction was the result of a general concern and desire of the people of Kaltungo.
He said: “We felt that Kaltungo needed a state-of-the-art mosque to match Kaltungo’s emerging image.”
According to him, the 16-member committee was formed in December 2017 by the Mai Kaltungo, adding that work on the site started in 2018.
“After receiving the draft and bills amounting to N250m, the committee made aggressive fundraising efforts. This has yielded sufficient results to allow the project to start.
“The reconstructed mosque has a capacity of 2,300 worshippers. It has a ladies area, library and convenience toilets for men and women. The mosque has enough space on the north and south flanks to accommodate another 600 worshippers,” Njodi said.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, also said the building of a place of worship will be rewarded, adding that it was based on the teachings of Islam.
He said: “A mosque is not only a place of worship, but also a learning institution, a center for dialogue, orientation and rehabilitation, skill acquisition and community development.
“The first and second university ever established in the world started from a mosque in Morocco and Egypt, therefore this reconstructed central mosque of Kaltungo should not be limited to prayers and reading of the Holy Quran.
“It should be used to ensure unity, community development and a center where industry experts and other professionals will be used to positively engage the youth.”
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, called on the people of the state to embrace tolerance and love for each other to enable rapid development of the state.
The governor called for continued support for his government in its quest to provide the basic infrastructure necessary for the state’s socio-economic growth.
While praising the foresight of Mai and the people of Kaltungo in initiating the reconstruction and rebuilding of the mosque, Governor Yahaya also appreciated all those who contributed to the construction project.