Affluent members of the Muslim community in society have been called upon to actively participate in furthering the cause of Islam in Niger State.
The call was made by Sheikh Attahiru Bala Dukku, the Chief Imam of Morris Jumaat Mosque located in Minna, the capital of Niger State.
Sheikh Dukku conveyed this message during a Friday sermon, which coincided with the official commissioning of the new mosque.
During his sermon, the esteemed Imam passionately emphasised the significance of congregational prayers on Fridays, underscoring their pivotal role in the practice of Islam.
He explained that the newly inaugurated mosque has been strategically designed to serve as a central hub for the propagation of Islamic teachings and values throughout Niger State.
Sheikh Dukku, in his capacity as a spiritual leader, appealed to those among the affluent Muslim community, urging them to consistently strive and generously contribute towards the advancement and development of Islam, both within Niger State and the broader context of Nigeria.
The Niger State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Elijah Etim Willie, has solicited collaboration and synergy with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in combating crimes in the state.
The Commandant stated this on Friday during a courtesy visit to the Niger State Council of the Union in Minna.
He said, "The NSCDC is prepared to flush out miscreants and other forms of criminality in Niger State.
"This can be done in collaboration and synergy with journalists in the state. I therefore ask you to work with us to succeed".
Willie explained that journalists have been playing a vital role in projecting the good image of the security agency, especially in the state, and urged the union to continue with the existing cordial relationship between it and the NSCDC.
He informed the chairman of the activities of the command, adding that the command was into the Safe School Initiative, aimed at eliminating any incident that poses a threat to the security and safety of schools in the state.
Responding, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Niger State Council, Comrade Abu Nmodu, explained that journalists in the state were very professional and responsible in the discharge of their duties.
He said that the union has always ensured that practicing journalists are not compromised on duty, adding that the state council of NUJ has trained about 80 members in various areas to improve their performance on the job.
Comrade Abu Nmodu assured the state commandant of the support and adequate coverage of programmes and activities of the NSCDC in the state, adding that "I can assure you that journalists in the state are ready to partner with the Civil Defence in the maintenance of peace and tranquilly in Niger State.".
The chairman said journalists under the umbrella of the union were professionals practicing in accordance with the ethics of journalism, stressing that members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm in the state have a long history of responsible journalism.