The Sokoto State Government on Wednesday, announced that, N751 million has been budgeted to assist orphans and less privileged persons in the ongoing Ramadan fasting and the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state.
Alhaji Mani Katami, the state commissioner for religious affairs, while speaking to journalists in Sokoto, disclosed that the packages comprising of three phases, would help the less privileged to fast and celebrate the forthcoming Sallah with a relative ease.
He said under the first phase, N300 million was budgeted for operations of the 311 Ramadan feeding centres in the metropolis as 110 would receive food, oranges and other edibles to break the 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.”
The commissioner also said N235 million was earmarked for the purchase 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. Katami said N216 million was earmarked 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,” Katami said.