The Ministry of Awqaf allocates 864 million dirhams to build and rehabilitate mosques in Morocco

Ahmed Al-Tawfiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, revealed: “The ministry continues to work, under the program-based budget measure, targets and performance efficiency indicators, to improve the effectiveness of spending on equipment, various expenses and expenses related to investment”, reviewing the main lines of the sub-budget project for this sector for the financial year 2023.

According to a report issued by the Committee for Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Islamic Affairs and Moroccans Living Abroad, after discussing and voting on the sub-budget of the Ministry of Awqaf, Bahr last week, the amounts allocated for the operating budget amounted to 4,671 AED 483,000, in addition to the investment budget, amounting to AED 1,037,239,000 in performance credits, and AED 900,000,000 in commitment credits.

Al-Tawfiq drew the deputies’ attention to the fact that “the financial allocations for fiscal year 2023 did not show any increase, despite the ministry’s insistence on the need to increase the financial allocation allocated to the sector so that it can achieve the goals set within its strategy to rehabilitate the religious field”.

The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs proposes to continue downloading its projects and programs for the year 2023, through four lines of intervention, including the presentation of the government official in this sector; He pointed out that it revolves, in general, around the culmination and strengthening of the “religious vigilance program, the program of places destined to the establishment of Islamic religious rites and cultural places, then the program of religious formation and education and a program of support and leadership”.

The Minister, Ahmed Al-Tawfiq, outlined the draft sub-budget for the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs for the next fiscal year; Among the most prominent is the “care of the mosques” through the allocation of an economic credit of approximately 864 million dirhams, which will be divided between approximately 125 million dirhams for the maintenance and management of mosques, and about 740 million dirhams for the construction and rehabilitation of mosques.

The same report, a copy of which is available to Hespress, revealed that the Moroccan Ministry of Religious Affairs seeks to continue implementing its programs “satisfying the population’s needs for places of worship”; Continuing to build mosques in deprived areas at the level of large cities, while ensuring an optimal distribution of places of worship between urban and rural areas, and preserving the architectural peculiarities of the Moroccan style in the architecture of the new mosques. as well as “rehabilitate the current mosque shed in coordination with local authorities, and diversify services and improve it.”

In relation to the human element, in 2023, a financial allocation of approximately AED 245 million will be allocated for the continued benefit of imams, preachers, muezzins, mosque watchers and those with their rights from health insurance services, in addition to mosque cleaners. and saves among the categories of beneficiaries of the health coverage system “similar to other religious values”.

The same document recorded “special attention to the material conditions of the assigned religious healers”, by allocating the Ministry of Awqaf for this year an economic endowment of more than 1,000 million dirhams to disburse their monthly rewards, including a quarter, and raising The monthly rewards for imams at 300 dirhams for each imam, noting that the amount of The total increase at the end of 2022 is a total of 1,200 dirhams, in implementation of the royal directives to improve the status of imams of mosques, in addition to the Hajj expenses of some religious healers estimated at more than 8 million dirhams.

The report of the Parliamentary Committee on the same sub-budget highlighted that the hiring of religious custodians will reach 3,732 imams, mentors and advisers, by the end of the current year, including 2,535 imams and 1,197 mentors, graduates of the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Mentors and Guides.

Religious and cultural places

In a context related to the program of religious and cultural places, the ministry will launch projects to build “religious and cultural vehicles” in the cities of Errachidia, Sidi Suleiman and Jerada, as well as the completion of ongoing projects in Agadir, Essaouira. , Fqih Bensalah, Kenitra, Larache, Sidi Bennour, Tinghir and Qalaat Sraghna; As well as the Mohammed VI cultural complex in the Chadian capital.

The Ministry will also continue, within its budget for 2023, “the restoration of programmed social and cultural endowment assets, and the execution of its economic contributions listed in 2023 within the framework of the collaboration and financing agreement related to the program for in economic value activities and improving the living environment of the medina of Fez, the complementary program for the enhancement of the old city of Meknes and Fez, and the rehabilitation program the enhancement of the old city of Tangier, the Habous Yacoub Al neighborhood -Mansour in Rabat, and the restoration program for heritage buildings in danger of collapsing in Marrakech; A total of 73 million dirhams.

The sub-budget of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs promised to “further rehabilitate ancient education with a total financial allocation of AED 50 million, through programs to rebuild, expand, equip and rehabilitate ancient educational institutions in Settat province, Sidi Chiker , Meknes, Timkrout, Ibn Jarir, Salé, Abi Jaad and Demnat, and the rehabilitation of a series of Koranic books in the old town of Fez for an amount of 2.45 million dirhams, within the framework of the collaboration agreement related to the program to value economic activities and improve the framework of life in the old city of Fez 2020-2024, and to program the equipment of some old education schools within the limits of 4 million dirhams.