By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto government has initiated plans to adapt international models that are used by leading Islamic countries in the distribution of Zakat for the state.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state disclosed this on Sunday, in Shinaka District of Goronyo local government of the state at the occasion of the distribution of zakat and endowment to the needy and less-privileged members of the society.
According to him, “Models that have proven to be effective in countries such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar and Kuwait, will provide avenue for a coordinated assault against poverty, inequality and other related vices in the state.”
In order to boost the effectivity of the international models, the governor further said, “the state Zakat and Endowment Committee will be enhanced while staff will be retrained to ensure maximum productivity.”
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman of the State Zakat and Endowment Committee, Malam Lawal Maidoki said that apart from its core mandate of collection and distribution of zakat, “the committee pays for the training of orphans and other less-endowed citizens in areas like animal husbandry, shoe making, among others.”
Items benefited by the needy and less-privileged member of the communities at the event included money, grains, male and female attires and animals like goats, sheep and camels.