7th September, 2012
Two members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have sent messages of congratulations to the Rector of the Maricass Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Sheikh Habeebulahi Al-Ilory, management, staff and students of the institute on its 60th anniversary celebration, saying that the institute deserves all the accolades and celebration in view of its contribution to the development of education, particularly Arabic and Islamic studies not only in Nigeria but the world at large.
Member representing Agege State Constituency 1, Mudasiru Obasa and his colleague representing Lagos Island State Constituency 2 in the Assembly, Wahab Alawiye-King, speaking with journalists in Lagos, stated that Maricass Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies has not only contributed to the development of education but has also contributed immensely in creating awareness on the religion of Islam and enlightening the people on its correct practice.
“It is no gain saying that Maricass has contributed immensely to the development of education, especially the Islamic and Arabic aspects. It pioneered the teaching of Arabic and Islamic education in the western form and we have to commend the vision and determination of the founder, the late Sheikh Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory, who despite all odds, left a legacy that has continued to provide knowledge and direction to people,” Obasa said.
The lawmaker stated that the establishment and location of Maricass Institute in Agege contributed immensely to the popularity of the town.
“Maricass became synonymous with Agege while the late Sheikh Adam Al-Ilory also contributed to making Agege popular. Also worthy of commendation is the current Rector of the Institute, Sheikh Habeebulah Al-Ilory, who has built on the foundation laid by his father and made the institute a role model for its peers,” Obasa said.
For Alawiye-King, Maricass has contributed to the development of Nigeria as many of its products are prominent citizens in the country who have been contributing positively to the growth and progress of the nation.
“The late founder, Sheikh Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory, was a consumate and intelligent Islamic leader who popularised the name of the country throughout the world. The current Rector, Sheikh Habeebullahi Al-Ilory, has taken the institute to a higher level. Maricass deserves all the accolades and encomiums showered on it because it has proved to be the leader in its genre,” the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, said.
The two lawmakers urged the management of the Institute not to rest on their oars but continue to strive to make the Institute maintain its leadership position among its peers.