No fewer than 296 participants across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja would compete at the 38th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition 2023 in Yobe state.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs Information and Culture, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
Bego said the event was organised by Musabaqa Foundation for Qur’anic Recitation Nigeria Centre for Islamic Studies Usman Danfodio Sokoto and facilitated by Yobe government.
“There will be a total of 296 participants from across 36 states of the federation and Abuja, 74 coordinators and assistant coordinators for the 36. of federation.
“There are 57 members of the national organising committee, including judges who will be there to judge participants’ performances.
“We have 37 matrons, who will make sure the female participants are well taken care of,” he explained.
Bego, who is also the member of the Public City Sub-Committee of the competition said there were four categories for the competition.
He said the first category was 60 part of the Qur’an with interpretation and recitation. The second category was 60 parts of the Qur’an with interpretation but without recitation.
The third category according to him was 60 parts of the Quran only, without interpretation and without recitation. While the fourth category was half of the Qur’an, which is 30 parts.
He also explained that the competition is going to take place in two venues.
The one for the female participants would take place at the federal polytechnic Damaturu and that of male participants would take place at the Yobe Mosque (Islamic Centre), Damaturu.
The commissioner said government had put all mechanisms in place to ensure all the guests where warmly hosted throughout the competition.
The Commissioner thanked the Yobe Muslim community who had offered houses as additional accommodation among other supports.