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The Proprietor

Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (ADSN), the Proprietor of Summit University, Offa, is one of the oldest Islamic organisations in Nigeria. It has remained consistent in propagation of Islam and providing education in different parts of the country and even in a few countries abroad. It is a religious organization that champions the enhancement of morals, religious knowledge and practice. As a non-profit, religious organization, ADSN has invested massively in educational development of Nigeria and delivers services to the people without any discrimination on the basis of gender, religion or ethnicity. In its over nine decades of existence, the Society has built scores of nursery, primary and secondary schools as well as College of Education in various towns and cities and recently Summit University, Offa. ADSN is currently led by its National President, Alhaji Lateef Olufemi Okunnu SAN, CON, a distinguished legal luminary and one-time Federal Commissioner for Works & Housing under the regime of General Yakubu Gowon.

Major Achievements

Thanks to educationists, scholars and philanthropists, ADS has provided elementary, secondary and tertiary education for innumerable number of young men and women. At a time, the Society controlled about 250 primary schools, over 50 secondary schools and two teacher training colleges in Ota and Ado-Ekiti. The Society has built scores of mosques in towns and cities across the country to facilitate spiritual consciousness and religious rejuvenation among Muslims. In the 1970s when the government took over the control of primary and secondary schools, the Society continued to be relevant in the field of education. In 1982, it founded the ADS Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Isolo, Lagos for the training of its missionary workers and teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies. The Institute has been upgraded into Ansar-Ud-Deen College of Education, Isolo in 2004 with full accreditation of the National Commission of Colleges of Education in 2006. This is the only Muslim College of Education in the country. With efforts of its religious leaders, missioners and imams, the Society has been raising the standard of religious practice and its members have become respected for their organization, decency, decorum, punctuality, and purity.

Significance

The Society is undoubtedly one of the major players in the educational sector of Nigeria. It has a national outlook and maintains healthy and cordial relationship with all other groups, religious or otherwise. It is a religious organization that champions the enhancement of morals, religious knowledge and practice. It is non-profit making organization that delivers services to the people without any discrimination on the basis of gender, religion or ethnicity. For further information, please refer to Gbadamosi, T.G.O., A Chronology of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria 1923 – 2013, (2013), Gbadamosi, T.G.O. , An African Beacon of Light: Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria 1929 – 2013, (2013) and the Society’s website http://www.ansaruddeenng.org.

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