The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has approved the sum of N228 million for the 2016 Ramadan feeding programme in the state. This was disclosed on Sunday in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary Political Affairs, Alhaji Malami Ladan.
The state government said this was to help it provide free feeding and other forms of assistance to less privileged members of the society during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. As it will enable the less-privileged break their fast with ease, cushion their suffering and enable them have a sense of belonging during the Ramadan.
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To this effect, it has increased the number of Ramadan feeding centres from 74 to 93 to help it cater for more people and has also set up a 28-member Ramadan Feeding Committee under the chairmanship of Alhaji Aliyu Attahiru and the Commissioner of Religious Affairs, Mani Maishinko, to ensure the smooth conduct of the exercise.
“The feeding programme is part of efforts by the government to enable the less privileged Muslims break their fast through the provision of free meals during the Ramadan.
“Agreed we are all feeling the effect of the economic crunch, but government will partner rich individuals and charity organisations willing to step in to help extremely vulnerable persons and groups to ease the burden on them during Ramadan.
“The intervention is part part of our social contract with the people, and adequate machinery has been put in place to ensure that it reaches those in need at the appropriate time.”
Also, following the approval of the funds for the feeding programme, the governor also urged members of the public to increase their acts of worship and assistance to those in need.
“As Muslims, we must redouble our commitment to God’s work and increase our prayers for the nation. We must ensure that the aim of this holy month, which is spiritual cleansing, promotion of brotherhood and assistance to the needy, is realized.
“Our businessmen and women should please note that this is not a period of exploiting innocent customers by increasing prices of goods in the market. It is a period of compassion and we urge them to be compassionate to all members of the public,”
Meanwhile, the president in his Ramadan message made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has urged Muslims faithfuls to use the holy month of Ramadan as opportunity for seeking forgiveness and getting closer to Allah through worship and good deeds.
He added that the month of Ramadan was a time of spiritual reawakening which demands not only abstention from food and drinks, but also all wrongdoing. He also advised traders not to increase the prices of goods and services.