Ansar-Ud-Deen lines up activities to mark 100 years of existence


Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (ADS) will this year clock 100 years of selfless services to humanity.

The Islamic organization was founded on December 21, 1923, for the educational development of Muslims and also as a body to enhance the moral and social development of the Muslim Ummah.

Speaking at a briefing heralding the activities of the centenary celebration, the President of the Society, Aare Abdulrafiu Sanni, said the outing with the theme, “100 Years of Service: Re-Engineering Ansar-Ud-Deen Society for the next Century”, would be a remarkable event to showcase the society’s achievements while being a testament to the lasting impact it has had on communities across the globe.

“Line-up of activities for the event included a youth summit which addressed the unique challenges facing the youths as well as the opportunities available to them and their roles in building a prosperous future for the society and the nation.

Other activities are the Inter-School Essay Competition; Qur’anic competition; new logo design competition; logo competition; Summit University Convocation; National Lecture, Award Ceremony, Founding Fathers’ Dinner, and the Global Secretariat Ground-breaking, among others.”

He said, these events and many others would be held in various locations across Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Ireland to ensure that the celebration of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society Centenary is truly a global affair.

“Through this momentous occasion, we renew our commitment to upholding the values and principles of Islam and strive to make an even greater impact in the years to come. Together, let us celebrate a century of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society’s unwavering dedication to education, unity and service.”

The president also disclosed plans to empower members during the programmes to reduce the hardship occasioned by the removal of subsidy from petroleum.

“We must show that we appreciate our members, we must assist the government. Today we have issues of subsidy removal, we have issues of exchange rate merger which have resulted in escalating prices and made life much more difficult for average Nigerians. We are also conscious of this and that is why society is coming in heavily to assist the poorest of the poor. One of the programmes is that our Lagos State Council would be giving N100,000 each to 100 people while the other councils are also doing things. We are going to reach the downtrodden,” he stated.

The Chairman of the Planning Committee, AVM Sikiru Smith, stated that the programme would cover about four months from September to December.

He stated that there would be a football tournament and table tennis tournament coming up on September 30; while the Executive Committee would visit various states for their programmes. He said the programme for Ekiti and Ondo states would take place simultaneously between October 11 and 15; Oyo State, October 19 and 22; Osun State, November 2 and 5; while programmes for North America would come up from November 9 to 12.

Lagos State would hold its programmes from November 16 to 19; Ogun State, November 22 to 24; while the programme for the United Kingdom and Ireland would be held between November 23 and 26.

Also on November 26, there would be a programme for the National Women Council while Benin Republic, Ghana and Cote da’voire would have their programmes, among other activities lined up with the centenary lecture taking place in Abuja on December 19 while the grand finale would be on December 21 in Lagos.

The National Missioner of the society, Sheikh Ahmad said, “Ansar-Ud-Deen is entering a new era and bringing innovation into education.”

The Ansar-Ud-Deen, through its Summit University, is bringing a novel approach to university education that is called Academipreneur.

That is our university is set to train graduates who would not look for white-collar jobs. Already, it is contributing to the development of renewable energy, to the building of engineering manpower and IT manpower for the emerging IT industry in Nigeria.

“For instance, Summit University has been contributing to drone building and drone pilots. It has also been contributing to motherboards. You know most of the devices we use today are on a system of a motherboard. Now once the motherboard of your device has a problem, that is the end of it and we do not have people who can build and manufacture this but Summit University is already training people in this area and the area also of renewable energy and solar energy.”


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