From Umar D. Ado, Sokoto
The Sokoto state government in this fiscal year spent over N339 million to cater for no fewer than 100,000 orphans and the needy across the state under the aegis of the Zakkat and Waqf Commission (SOZECOM).
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of the State disclosed this while distributing food items and clothing materials to over 100,000 beneficiaries across delineated 87 districts across the state.
During the ceremony held at the premises of SOZECOM, Tambuwal said the gesture was aimed at assisting indigent citizens, particularly women and children so that they will celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr festival at the end of Ramadan with ease.
He commended Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III for his fatherly role in the state’s effort to improve the lives and wellbeing of the people of the state, the governor called on the people saddled with the responsibility of distributing the items to beneficiaries to fear Allah in the discharge of their duties.
Tambuwal also thanked the Chairman of BUA Limited, Alhaji Abdulsamad Isiyaku Rabiu for donating N50 million to the commission to assist it accomplish it’s tasks.
Also speaking, the Sultan Abubakar commended the state government for the gesture, urging wealthy persons in the state to emulate and support the state government.
In his remarks, SOZECOM Chairman, Mallam Muhammad Lawan Maidoki, said the Commission has concluded all arrangements for the distribution of food items as well as Sallah clothes and cash assistance to the needy.
He said each district will receive 100 bags of rice, 100 set of clothing materials and N1000 each for sewing clothes.