By Jubril Bada
In its contribution to eradicate poverty in the society, a Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, a charity organisation has distributed cash and materials worth millions of Naira to the needy and poor in Ondo State.
The empowerment under the umbrella of The Muslim Congress (TMC) was held at Akure Central Mosque at the weekend.
The beneficiaries of the gesture included artisans, students, widow and sick people among others.
Among the materials distributed to the beneficiaries included sewing machines, generating sets and nitty machines.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, the Foundation, Mr. Sulaiyman Olagunju, said that the foundation is a charity organisation which focuses on the collection of zakat (alms) from the rich and willing people for distribution to the less privileged in the society.
According to him, the foundation is a committed organisation which has been in existence since 2000 and had covered ten states in the country.
He explained that 2.5 percent of his income is deducted by Muslim faithful yearly as zakat to empower the poor in the society.
The Executive Director noted that the foundation is able to sustain its existence due to its success in having trusted hands in each state, explaining that effort is being made to cover other states.
He affirmed that “if poverty will be eradicated from the society, it is the duty of muslims and muslims should inculcate the habit of giving their zakats”
On his part, the Field Operation Officer of the Foundation, Mr. Lukman Yakubu, said zakat is a major means of distributing wealth from the rich to the poor to reduce abject poverty in the society
The Chief Imam of Akure Kingdom, Alhaji Abdulhakeem. Yayi-Akorede, commended the initiative of the foundation towards poverty eradication in the society.
He enjoined muslims and the rich to emulate the idea of giving zakat out of their wealths to help the poor.
A beneficiary and a furniture maker, Mr. Saheed Lawal expressed happiness over the empowerment, saying that it will help him in his furniture work.
Also, a student of Ogun State College of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Miss. Aminat Abdulahi, another beneficiary described the gesture as best of its kind that will go a long way in her education.