NASFAT CM, Imam Onike supports NASFAT Ede Branch Model School Project
August 15, 2022
In fits of the torrential rainfall, NASFAT Youth Wing, Osun Zone, against the cloudburst odds held its International Youth Day Commemoration in grand style, further buoyed by the revered presence of Imam Morufu Abdulazeez Onike, who according to one of the facilitators of the programme, Dr. Rasheed A. Adebiyi, is the first Islamic scholar in Nigeria that has ever written on the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, according to research.
This statement was made at the occasion organised by NASFAT Osun Zone Youth Wing to Commemorate 2022 International Youth Day.
With the hall filled with no fewer than 500 members and non-members of NASFAT invited for the symposium, it provided the needed platform for the distinguished Chief Missioner, who took his time to educate and enlighten the audience on how NASFAT has been obediently and almost religiously following the 4-pronged NASFAT policies tagged HELD (Health Education Livelihood and Dawah).
Walking the talk further, right on the spot, he mooted the idea of starting NASFAT Model School, Ede by donating handsomely towards the procurement of Chairs and Tables, an angelic gesture which was greeted with loud ovation and applause, inspiring many that are seated to follow suit.
Impressed by the large turn-out, he admonished the Youth to immediately, without further ado, register for the 6-week NASFAT Youth Empowerment Scheme 2022 which highlights Digital Marketing and Advertising Skills Acquisition as it exposes the Youth to modern technological pathways needed for them to remain relevant in the coming years where Machine language artificial intelligence will no doubt, be the order of the day.
In her own words, one of the Facilitators, Dr. Oladejo Mutiat, from the Department of History, University of Ibadan. She opined that Youth, especially the ones in the 30s, need to trace their roots, by asking their parents about skills and trades of their grandparents in order to know how determined they are to go, surpassing their feats.
She further remarked that “Intergenerational Solidarity starts from the Family, wherein you interact and co-exist with Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, especially for survival, which is applicable in business as well, as one receives mentorship from Uncles and Aunts to learn certain business ways.”
She rounded off her lecture by stressing on the need to relate together in the community by attending Community Development Association meeting of new cities. She implored Muslims to acquire land in these new cities for the purpose of situating Mosques and ease engagements in their Deen.
On his part, a visibly impressed Dr. Rasheed Adebiyi, from the Department of Mass Communication, Fountain University, Osogbo FUO, used the platform to inform the highly attentive audience that NASFAT is the foremost Islamic Organization that lends its voice and opinions to issues, especially as they affect Nigerians on daily basis.
He further charged everyone that “Talking is important, but Action is much more important,” hence the need to do more on the SDGs which lifespan expires in the next 8 years before another policy is formulated.
Praising the leadership of NASFAT, he congratulated them for their foresight in providing a universally known resource centre, Fountain University, for the past 15 years, but however want the society to do more by encouraging the teeming NASFAT Population to seek more knowledge, which will help take the HELD priorities, which is the project, the current National Executive Council (NEC) of the society rigorously working on, to further enviable heights, especially through Fountain University’s Teaching Hospital which can be actualised, in no distant time, with more commitment and visionary approaches.
He concluded by asking the question, “how many Doctors, Modern Entrepreneurs, Innovators would NASFAT Youth produce, in the next 10 years.” He emphasized the need to utilize Fountain University in that regard.
The symposium had in attendance Chief INEC Officer, Ogun State, Alh. Muraina Olayemi, the Chairman of the Day, ably represented by Alh. Muritala Yusuf, who is the Zonal Vice-Chairman NASFAT Osun Zone, also in attendance were the Zonal Chairman NASFAT Osun Zone, Alh. Mikhail Omisore, the Zonal Missioner, Dr. K.K Busari and the Zonal Public Relations Secretary, Bro. Adabanija Semiu.
Others at the event were the past Zonal Chairman of NASFAT Osun Zone, Alh. Adewunmi Sefiu, the National Youth wing Naib Amir, Bro. Olasupo Tajudeen, Chairman and Vice Chairman NASFAT Ede Branch, Alh. Akibu Ibrahim and Alh. Adegbite Muideen respectively.
Former Secretary, NASFAT Osun Zone, Alhaja Adebayo Rasheedah-Anifowose, the Chief Servant, Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship and Health, ISERH, Bro. Abdullahi AbdulRaheem, former Naib Amir, NASFAT Youth Wing, Osun Zone, Bro. Adeniyi Hammed, Amirs of different branches within the Zone and representatives of the Women’s Wing among other dignitaries were all present at the epoch-making event.
The closing Remark was given by the Chairman, Organizing Committee, Bro. Lamidi Saheed Ademola who admonished all present to start making relevant impacts for their betterment as well as that of the communities they reside.