7,220 physically-challenged persons get N46.93m allowances
By Abdallah el-Kurebe
As monthly allowances for the month of August, 7,220 physically-challenged persons in Sokoto state on Friday received the sum of N46.93 million from the state government.
The payment exercise, which began in 2007, is conducted through the state Zakkat and Endowment Committee began with the destitutes in Bodinga local government of the state.
Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki said that the gesture was aimed at alleviating the suffering of the already identified needy as well as “discourage the beneficiaries from street begging.
Maidoki appealed to wealthy individuals in the state to complement the efforts of the state government in assisting the less-privileged.
Sheikh Buhari Siriddawa underscored the importance of the Zakkat and endowment institution in the Muslim Umma.
Speaking on behalf of the physically-challenged persons that benefited from the allowances, Alhaji Ahmadu Sifawa commended the state government for the gesture saying, “this has discouraged us from street begging.”