The Aliko Dangote Foundation has completed a mosque valued at over N100 million and has handed it over to the Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN).
Aliko Dangote Foundation had taken over the building of the mosque in Utako District of Abuja following an appeal made by FOMWAN to the President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the National Ameera of FOMWAN, Hajiya Amina B. Omoti, said “now that the mosque has been officially handed over to FOMWAN, it will be commissioned and opened for Jumaat prayers in January next year.”
Amina commended and prayed for Dangote Foundation for coming to the aid of the group when it appealed to her for funding whilst neck-deep in the project. “Words are not enough to express how we feel but suffice it to note that over 80,000 registered members of FOMWAN and Muslim Ummah are in awe over this beautiful house of worship,” she said.
Speaking at the event, the National Deputy Ameera, Hajiya Sada Yusuf, prayed that Allah bless Alhaji Aliko Dangote, even as she requested that the Foundation continue to support FOMWAN activities in Nigeria. “We are like Oliver Twist. We are asking for more, especially in the area of landscaping of the mosque environment,” she said.
Responding to the group’s appreciation, the representative of the Dangote Foundation, Musa Bala said the mosque was part of the philanthropic spirit of the Foundation. In his words, “the President of the Group is passionate about the place of women in the society, and that was why the Foundation implemented a N100 billion micro grant scheme to empower women in Nigeria. The Dangote Foundation is not resting on its oars in supporting the less privilege and women in particular.”