A Non – governmental organization, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) has distributed cash and empowerment packages worth N3.5m to the needy. The coordinator of The Muslim Congress, FCT Chapter, Ustaz Mutiullah Aremu, speaking during the distribution programme said; “the ravaging poverty in the country would be drastically reduced if the government justly distribute the nation’s wealth, fearing Allah and ensuring prioritization of the welfare of the citizenry”.
He also emphasized that “The wealthy in the society should also eschew self-centeredness; it is also their responsibility to cater for the needy and should not feel unconcerned about the wellbeing of others around them. Also, the citizens should learn to work and not look down on any work as belittling, stop blaming others and pray to Allah for prosperity and being saved from poverty. We Muslims should continue to exhibit trustworthiness, so that the society can continue to trust us with investments and businesses,”.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Prince Suleiman Olagunju, explained that apart from cash donations, the organization decided to prioritize empowerment schemes in the zakat distribution by buying items needed by established businesses to stabilize them and expand their activities and profits.
The Coordinator of the foundation in the FCT Abuja, Daud Tola Adelakin, emphasized that “poverty level in the country shows that there is more to be done by the wealthy to tackle poverty in the society. He urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the cash and items they received and work towards helping others the way they were helped”.
The items donated during the ceremony include computers, deep freezers, sewing machines, gasoline generators, electric clippers, printer and grinding machines.