National Mosques launches appeal fund for N29bn edifice
The management of Abuja National Mosque has launched a N29 billion appeal for funding of revenue generating edifice to help in the financial sustainment of the activities of the mosque.
This was stated at a stakeholder meeting during the weekend in Abuja to brainstorm on how funds could be sourced for the development and construction of a N29 billion shopping mall and other structures at the mosque.
The Murshid of the mosque, Prof Shehu Galadanci, stated that the endeavour was to enable it to have financial independence towards supporting da’awah and the welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
He said the last appeal fund organized by former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not factor in how the mosque could stand on its own to foot its responsibility but focused on the repairs of dilapidated areas.
He disclosed that discussions are ongoing with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to raise capital for the project but emphasized the need for donations from well-to-do Muslims to support the work.
A former minister of FCT, Arc. Ibrahim Bunu, who served as the chairman of the Technical Committee of the project, said it would sit on a 2.2 hectares of land with construction to be conducted in three phases.
The former minister also revealed that the land would house residential areas, office buildings and hotels among others that would generate revenue for the mosque.
On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged Muslims to take ownership of the project.