By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
No fewer than 20 schools and institutions drawn from across Sokoto state will be jostling for the top prize staked at the 2017/2018 edition of the annual quiz competition which began Tuesday at the auditorium hall of the Federal Government College, Sokoto organised by the Sultanate Council, Sokoto in collaboration with the Centre for Intellectual Services on the Sokoto Caliphate.
The purpose of the all important annual competition which is expected to end March 4, 2018 according to the organisers, is aimed at testing the abilities and performance of students on their knowledge of the literary works and contributions of late Sheikh Usman Bn Fodiyo and other contemporaries (Jihadists) in the Sokoto caliphate.
Among others set for the top prizes are: G.G.C.S.S, Tambuwal; G.D.S.S, More; G.D.S.S, Gwadabawa; G.G.C, Rabah; G.S.S, Tureta.
However, the organisers explained that the participating students from the schools and institutions had been provided training and enough books containing the literary works of the founding fathers of the Sokoto caliphate to study for months before the competition.
Accordingly, prizes and other materials to ensure the smooth success of the competition which other sessions would be conducted at the World Muslim League Secretariat, Sokoto and the finals at the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto were provided annually by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
Similarly, winners and all participating schools would at the end of the competition to be graced by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sultan of Sokoto, traditional rulers and District Heads, other members of the public and the business community would be rewarded accordingly.
In a brief remarks, Sheikh Sidi A. Sidi noted that the caliphate was an instrumental institution for learning and academic excellence which should not be neglected by scholars and those interested in deriving knowledge on the caliphate.
He stated that ” this institution is a hub for seeking knowledge based on the legacies bequeath it’s founding fathers which also believed in principles of justice, equity, fairness and brotherhood.”
According to Sidi, ” We have to promote research among the young ones. We are proud of the institution and Sultan Sa’ad who is an unprecedented leader that has broadened the scope of activities relating to the caliphate in progressive direction by furthering the course of its legacies to the outside world with passion”, he added.
However, those in attendance at the opening ceremony chaired by the Sarkin Kabin Jega, Alhaji Muhammadu Arzika Jega were the representative of the Sultan and Wazirin Sokoto, Prof Sambo Wali Junaidu, District Head of Goronyo, Muhammadu Sambo Usman, Slamic clerics and many others.