From Raji Bello, Sokoto
Sokoto State Government has distributed items worth N258.8 million to orphans and the needy under its Zakkat and Waqf scheme aimed at fulfilling the obligations of one of the five pillars of Islam.
The state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who distributed the items procured by the state Zakkat and Waqf Commission (SOZECOM), said it is in continuation of his administration’s annual intervention in this regard.
“The government allocated the funds to the Commission in order to enable it discharge its statutory role of assisting orphans, the indigents and the elderly in all the 23 local government areas of the state,” stated the governor.
In the preceding year the government spent N237.9 million on such gesture by procuring and distributing 9,100 bags of rice, bales of clothes and cash, thereby catering for more than 18,882 beneficiaries.
Tambuwal however appealed to the wealthy and all the people of the state to cultivate the spirit of caring and sharing, especially at this auspicious period of Ramadan by assisting the poor and needy.
In his remarks, SOZECOM Chairman, Malam Muhammad Lawan Maidoki said the Commission have concluded all arrangements for the distribution of food items, Sallah clothes for orphans and cash assistance to the needy in 86 selected districts across the state.
He said “each district will receive 100 bags of rice, 100 wrappers and Shadda as well as N600,000.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, represented by the Wazirin Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu, commended the State Government for spearheading the move to collect and distribute Zakkat and Waqf, a role he said was that of the Islamic scholars.