Governor Senator Uba Sani of Kaduna State has extended a helping hand to the families affected by the tragic Zaria Central Mosque collapse. The 150-year-old mosque crumbled during Friday prayers, claiming the lives of eight individuals. Governor Sani, accompanied by government officials, conveyed condolences to the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, during a visit to the palace in Zaria.
During this visit, Governor Sani revealed the government’s commitment to collaborating with the Emirate Council to expedite the mosque’s renovation. This initiative aims to restore the mosque’s functionality for worshippers.
In a compassionate gesture, Governor Sani announced a donation of N1 million to the families of each of the eight victims who tragically lost their lives. Those who sustained injuries and are still undergoing treatment in hospitals will receive N500,000 each, while those who have been discharged and returned home will be provided with N200,000 each.
Addressing the incident, Governor Sani expressed his condolences and highlighted the significance of the mosque as an iconic structure in the region. He conveyed his sympathy for the affected families and assured that the government would continue to support them.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, also extended his condolences and support to the people of Kaduna state during his visit on behalf of the Muslim community. He praised Governor Sani for his generous response and efforts towards rebuilding the mosque.
In response, the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, commended Governor Sani and his administration for their swift actions. He revealed that the incident impacted 25 people, resulting in eight fatalities and three individuals still receiving treatment. He acknowledged the historic significance of the mosque, which dates back to 1835, and appreciated the collaborative efforts of various entities in the reconstruction process, including the state Ministry of Works, Nigerian Society of Architects, and the Faculty of Architecture of Ahmadu Bello University.