Former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and the former minister of information, Professor Jerry Gana have been appointed to head two separate committees for the construction of Muslim and Christian centres in the three arm zone in Minna, Niger State.
The two centres to be located in the zone were proposed by the Niger State government to foster religious harmony between Muslims and Christians in the state.
The deputy governor of Niger State, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto disclosed this to newsmen yesterday at Government House, Minna and added that the two committees have 20 members each and have been approved by the state executive council.
According to him, there is a technical committee headed by Engineer Abdukadir Jibrin which would work to ensure that quality job is delivered at the sites.
He explained that the two centres have 5,000 worshipers capacity for the Muslims and 4,800 worshipers capacity for the Christians. The centres will also contain an imam residence, pastor’s residence as well as deputy pastor’s residence.
He stated that from the initial estimates the Muslim centre would gulp N1.7 billion while the Christian centre would cost N1.5 billion, with a conference centre each and a Guest Inn for the guests of both centres.
Ibeto stated that before government gave the approval for the construction of the centres all religious leaders, traditional rulers as well as head of faith based associations like Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jamatu Nasiru Islam (JNI) were consulted by the state government.