A professor of English Language from the University of Ibadan, Prof. M.T. Lamidi, has lauded The Muslim Congress (TMC) for organising ‘Spelling Bee’ competition for secondary school students in Oyo State.
Lamidi was delighted as the organisation devoted some of its programmes to the educational development and academic excellence of Nigerian students as against the general notion about Islamic organisations.
The scholar was chairman of the second edition of completion organised by The Muslim Congress (TMC), Oyo State at House of Chiefs, Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
Lamidi, who called on wealthy individuals and corporate organisations to support the lofty idea, advised other Muslim organisations to emulate TMC in a striking balance between academics and Islamic knowledge in their annual programmes.
He further urged all Muslims, both individuals and organisations, to work in unison for a better and peaceful society.
“We need to cooperate with one another; we need to cooperate with other Muslim organisations.
In his address of welcome, the Waali (State Coordinator) of TMC, Mr Daud Oladosu who is an engineer, said because “Muslims are the best community ever evolved for mankind, The Muslim Congress deems it fit to contribute spiritually to the development of the community”.
“We also look at the other facets of life, which necessitate programmes like the Spelling Bee competition for educational purpose,” Oladosu added.
He said that in 2020, the competition would be extended to local government areas for more grassroots participants.
The coordinator urged the participants to see the competition as an act of worship and a means of personal development for better academic pursuit.
The competition, which lasted for about eight hours had five rounds with no fewer than 75 contestants participating.
After the final round, Tajudeen Abdullah came first, Abubakr Aisha came second while Hassan Musharaf came third.
Mr Salaudeen, Kamorudeen, the State Education Officer of TMC and Chairman, Panel of Judges, remarked that all the participants did well in the competition.
According to him, the competition was organised with the best global practices of the spelling bee.
He also appreciated Prof. Lamidi for taking out of his limited time to the chairman the occasion giving it the right colour and glamour.
Consolatory prizes donated by Erudite Millennium Limited were also given to five other contestants who reached fourth and penultimate round.
These included Muhammad Bello, Olanrewaju Yesiro, Muadh Shakrullah, Maradesa Mubarak and Ismail Muhammad.
Among the personalities that graced the occasion are the CEO of The New Moon Communication and Productions, Alh. Abdur-Razaq Abdul-Ganeey; the C.E.O. of Erudite Millennium Limited, Mr Saheed Oladele and Ustadh AbdAzeez Ariremako who were both members of the Panel of Judges.
From Raheem Hameed, Ibadan