Minister hails Jaiz Foundation over empowerment



By Tajudeen Adebanjo

Minister of  the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has praised the management of Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation for its humanitarian gesture.

Bello spoke during the 4th and 5th Zakat Distribution Closing ceremony at the National Mosque Auditorium, Abuja.

He commended the foundation’s support to the less privileges members through the Zakat.

“Your dedication to the provision of support to education, economic empowerment, health and other humanitarian services to the poor and needy across the country is indeed laudable. The FCTA will continue to support organisations that are committed to alleviating the hardship of residents and the development of the FCT,” he said.

The minister urged wealthy Nigerians to assist the needy.

This, he said, will remedy many societal ills confronting the nation.

The foundation’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Mallam Adamu Bello, said the sum of N43.5 million Zakat proceeds was disbursed to 499 beneficiaries in Lagos, Nasarawa and Adamawa states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“While it is no news that millions of Nigerians are living below the poverty line, members of the Jaiz Foundation are concerned about the plights of the poor and vulnerable people and of particular interest are the people in the conflict affected regions of the country who are suffering from deprivation and lack of access to quality social services. Be that as it may, myself and my colleagues on the Board of the foundation are determined to continue to bring succour, relief and hope to the voiceless poor families who are unable to meet their basic necessities of life through the instrumentality of Zakat,” Mallam Bello said.

Chairman of Jaiz Bank Plc, Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, urged the beneficiaries to make good use of their Zakat funds or items.

This, he said, would enable them to be self-sustained.

He hailed the management of the foundation for a wonderful job.

Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Dr Abdullahi Shuaib, said N75 million was disbursed in 2019.

Adding 2020 to it, Shuaib said N118.9 million has been distributed to 2,755 beneficiaries.

According to him, the philosophy of Zakat was to promote social justice, equity and income redistribution.

The foundation, he noted, has institutionalised an Educational Waqf (Endowment) in Katsina State to the tune of N51 million as part of its contribution to provide access to quality education for the children.

The beneficiaries described the gesture as befitting Ramadan gifts.

 

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