By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
An International Islamic Organisation, World Muslim League, has distributed the sum of N164 million to over 300 of the more than 600 orphans selected to benefit from its zakkat endowment in Zamfara State.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Pub Enlightenment , Media and Communications, to the governor, Zailani Bappa, the presentation ceremony was held at the Government House under the supervision of the State governor, Bello Muhammad (Matawallen Maradun) who commended the organisation for its humanitarian gesture to the orphans in the state.
Governor Matawalle called on the organisation to further extent its gesture to those citizens in the state who lost almost everything to the years of banditry and hardship in the state.
While advising the guardians of the beneficiaries to use the benefit judiciously for the progress of the children, Governor Matawalle also called on the NGO to also assist in the facilitation of the education of the orphans they are now supporting.
The organisation earlier screened 668 orphans in 2011 to benefit annually from the endowment, but could not start enjoying the benefit due to international clampdown on cross border transfer of money on the organisation.
However, due to the lift on the ban, the organisation is now redeeming its promise by sending a three year benefit arreas to the orphans and will soon redeem the rest.
Representative of the organisation from Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad said the organisation will continue to assist the orphans from its endowment.
He commended the state Governor for his concern on the less privileged and particularly hailed the Governor’s earlier decision to surrender half of his monthly salary to the orphanages in the state.
The state Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Dr Tukur Jengebe said the Zakkat Commission in the state has been re-invigorated by the present administration and was among the first agencies to be empowered by the state Governor even before the formation of the state cabinet.