Tuesday, 13 November 2018





The 4th Biennial Conference of NASFAT was successfully hosted and held in University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. The theme of the 2-Day conference was “NASFAT: Aligning with Global Diversity”. 



The 2-day Biennial Conference was the first conference held abroad. The previous ones were held within Nigeria where the headquarters is situated. The National Executive Council (NEC) also had its retreat a day before the conference, hence, majority of stakeholders were on ground before the arrival of members and other dignitaries. The conference had in attendance high profile dignitaries one of which was Sheikh Fazur-Rahman who spoke on the topic ‘Managing the Expansion of Da’awah’. The attendance of members was put to 640 who came from all walks of life. The conference marks an avenue where the new Chief Missioner (CM), Alhaji Moruf Abdul-Azeez Onike was officially introduced to the congregation.

Three lectures were delivered at the Conference: 

(1) The first lecture was delivered by Sheikh Fazur-Rahman from the United Kingdom on the theme “Managing the Expansion of Da’awah’


(2) The second lecture was on the topic ‘NASFAT: A Critical Review of Journey in Dawah from Humble Beginning to the Present’ presented by Alhaji Omotunde Young, a founding member of NASFAT and an honourable Commissioner of Education in the state of Osun


(3) Shiekh Dr. Arimiyau Shaibu made presentation on the 3rd lecture entitled ‘Growing NASFAT on a Global Scene: The Cultural Approach’


The last day before the departure, Saturday, 22nd December, 2017 was squarely for business presentations. The business session was tagged ‘The General Meeting of the Society and it was presided over by the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Olasupo

The following made presentations: 

1. The National General Secretary, Alhaji Kabeer Alaraba presented report on the Society’s administration

2. The Auditing Report of the Society was presented by an external auditor Adebayo Ayoade while the National Finance Secretary, the National Finance Secretary, Alhaji Maroof Ajiroba presented the financial report 

3. Report of Fountain University, the Chairman FOU, Alhaji Yinka AbdulWahid Adeola introduced the Acting Vice Chancellor while the VC, in turn, made presentation on the topic “Moving Slowly but Steadily”

4. Progress report on NASFAT National Mosques project at Asese was made by the Vice Chairman Aseese land Project, Alhaji Remi Bello

5. The Chairman TAFSAN Tours & Travels, Alhaji Sheriff Yusuff also give an over view of the company and enjoined members to patronize the company.

6. Alhaji Biyi Bamgbose presented report of TAFSAN Investments.

7. NAZAS Agency Presentation was delivered by Barrister SOQ Giwa, a director of the board, on behalf of Alhaji Niyi Yusuf, the Board Chairman. 

This was immediately followed by syndicate session. Nine (9) syndicate groups were formed while head of each group presented its group submission. Below is the summary of each group submission:

1. Legal/Compliance and Security

i. That all landed and other properties of NASFAT should be documented and forwarded to the Headquarters.

ii. That two sections of the constitution be amended to remove age limitation for EXCOS and tenure for Council of Elders 

iii. That Legal Committee should be formed in all zones and branches

iv. That  the Biennial Conference be extended for an additional one day

v. That a Directorate of Control & Compliance be created in the office of the General Secretary.

vi. That sanctions for non-compliance with rules/directives should be enforced and such be duly documented.

vii. That the current channels of communication be maintained while the headquarters should be more conscious of time frame and set targets

viii. That training and re-training of all security personnel be prioritized and handled by security committee members of Zones/branches.

ix. That all security formations should maintain cordial relationship with all formal security agencies in their jurisdictions

x. That EXCOS/other stakeholders should be involved in security activities of their zones/branches. 


2. Business Development


Business Areas: Merchandising/ Franchising; Agriculture & Food Processing; Financial Service (a) micro-finance (b) insurance; Health Service (a) Hospital (b) HMO (c) Pharmaceutical; Rentals; Block Making/ Real Estate; Printing & Publishing; Transport & Logistics; Education/Distance Learning. 

Business Objectives are (1) to generate profitable revenue (2) to create economic empowerment for members (3) promote NASFAT Branch

Ownership Structure should be (1)100% ownership by NASFAT (2) Joint Venture agreement with capitalist from ethical fund (3) Partnership – Tech. Expert (4) Franchising Business

Management Structure: (1) Board & Senior Management should be carefully selected on merit provided they are Muslims (2) Hire the best Muslim brains/experts (3) Remuneration should be competitive (4) Set SMART Objective for the board

3. Publicity and Communication

i. That publicity both at the headquarters and all branches should be funded from the 

ii. That the society must work towards establishing its own TV/Radio station.

iii. That all zones should be encouraged to have media hubs and strong social media presence.

iv. That NASFAT must have regular TV programmes.

v. That a communication policy/ brand book should be created

vi. Publicity Committee should be creative in helping branches to generate fund


4. Education and Da’wah

i. That efforts must be intensified to break the cultural barrier of NASFAT being perceived as a Yoruba organisation

ii. That HQ should register all NASFAT School with CAC and create a comprehensive database of all NASFAT Schools all over the world while branches and zones adopt a uniform system of school management.

iii. That each zone should fund and run a Secondary school that will serve as a feeder to Fountain University.

iv. That there should be a centralized quality control of all NASFAT schools.

v. That there should be International collaboration with educational institutions to facilitate exchange programmes and adequate publicity.


Youth, Women & Children

i. That any person above 40 years of age should no longer be a member of youth executives

ii. That a seamless integration plan of children to youth should be put in place

iii. That Mother & Children Programmes should be encouraged e.g. Family Picnic

iv. That Women should be appointed as Vice Chairpersons in branches/Zones where there are qualified women and they should be encouraged to partake in politics

v. That Women & Children should be encouraged to comply with Islamic dress code both within and outside assalat

5. Finance and Control Group

i. That, for the purpose of Accounts Consolidation, all groups and branches must henceforth submit their finance reports to the HQ while general monthly report must be sent by the 15th day of the following month.

ii. That the generation of fund should be expanded beyond fisebiliLLahi, and that the recognition of members of the society should be based on their financial status.

iii. That all branches/Zones should operate only one bank account domicile in one of the four banks authorized by the society. In addition to that, no committee should operate a separate account and on no condition should a committee or its members keep the society’s monies in a personal account.

That Sanctions/Penalty for default should include (1) ‘moralsuation’ (2) Warning letter (3) Fine the executives (4) the whole executive should be suspended if the default continues (5) and Headquarters should write branches/zones stating non-rendition status.


Branches & Zones Management:

i. That there should be a review of existing guidelines on formation of branches and enforcement of strict adherence to established standards.

ii. That the National Zonal Coordinating Committee (NAZCOC) should be strengthened and adequately funded. Zones and headquarters should collaborate and fund Desk Officers of zones.

iii. That the society should ensure and encourage almost all the major tribes to participate in the activities of the society.

iv. That periodic meeting of group/branch/zone with HQ should hold so as to ensure harmonization of activities.


6. NASFAT Islamic Centre Development: 

i. That each branch should, as from January 2018, use the first Sunday of every month to raise fund at branch level for project development at NASFAT ICD.

ii. That Formal fundraising should be carried out at the zonal level between March and May, 2018; a calendar should be drawn to this effect.

iii. That all chairmen of zones should be members of NASFAT Aseese Development Committee and the committee should be replicated at the zonal level.

iv. That there should be a quarterly recognition of zones with highest contribution.

v. That all donations should go to the Committee’s fund account.

vi. That the execution of project should be given a time-line for completion



It was noted that the syndicate session was purposely delayed till after presentations of all organs of the Society so that complaints raised during each presentation can actually be addressed while solution be suggested to improve it. The headings of the syndicate groups were formed such that it comprise and address all the earlier presentations from the Society’s affiliated organs.



Based on the various presentations of all the groups, the above submissions invariably form the resolutions because each group comprises different branches zones with one headquarters’ stakeholder who has deep knowledge of the topic of the group.



Kabeer Alaraba

General Secretary/Chairman Planning Committee