As Muslim observes Ramadan fasting, the Sokoto state government, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has set aside not less than N751million for the welfare of less privileges, internally displace persons and orphans to cater for their Ramadan fasting, breaking of fasting and the concluding aspect of the Ramadan fasting Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mani Katami, made this disclosure to pressmen in Sokoto the capital city of the state on Wednesday.
Alhaji Mani Katami disclosed that budgeted fund will be stage into three (3) schemes to support the less privileged to key into the Ramadan fasting and celebrate the Sallah.
The three schemes are as follows, the first stage will receive N300 million for the operations of the 311 Ramadan feeding centres across the state.
That 110 centres would provides with food, oranges and other condiments to prepare food for the needy to break their fast.
”These centres have been provided with cooks, security attaches, surveillance teams, operators and a supervisor, among others.
”We have also created a centre dedicated for diabetics at the Specialist Hospital, Sokoto, to enable them break their fast according to doctors’ directives,” he said.
Another 201 centres were given assistance of between N100, 000 to N500, 000, each for some professional groups and organisations.
The first scheme has 28-member management committee overseeing the operations of all the centres.
The second scheme will receives N235 million which has been budgeted for the procurement of 12,500 bags of assorted grains, including rice, millet, maize and guinea corn.
”These will be distributed to district and village heads, their secretaries, Imams of Friday prayer Mosques, orphans, clerics and Islamic organisations, among others.
While N216 million was set aside for the State Zakkat and Endowment Commission to purchase food and clothes, to donate to 18, 200 orphans and other needy persons.
”All these gestures are aimed at further alleviating the suffering of the less privileged, as well as make them have a sense of belonging during the forthcoming Sallah festivities.
”The ministry has taken stern measures to ensure that only the targeted persons benefit from the gesture.”