Gov. AbdulRazaq inaugurates Zakat and Sadaqah Council


Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

By Mujidat Oyewole

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has inaugurated a Majlis (Council) for Sadaqah (alms/charity) and Zakat for the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor.

It stated that the governor inaugurated the council at the Ilorin Central Mosque, a great legacy for the House of Sheikh Alimi.

This council, he said, is a non-governmental initiative long conceived to fight extreme poverty and hunger among Muslims in the state.

Governor AbdulRazaq commended the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, for the initiative, adding that it aligns with his administration’s policy to support the poor.

He said that it would also cover underserved and vulnerable people, through the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP).

“History is being made in Kwara for the unique project. This is a project that should concern every Muslim in our state.

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“Many centuries ago, Allah has prescribed a surefooted solution to the problem of mass poverty and social integration in the society.

“Many Muslim societies have taken full advantage of the institution of Zakat and Sadaqah to reduce extreme hunger and build a cohesive society where no one is left behind,” he said.

Meanwhile, he pledged the state government’s support to the council whilst commending the Emir for assembling a team of honest, knowledgeable and influential people as members of the council.

“I urge everyone to support it because it will bridge poverty gaps, improve social cohesion and ultimately reduce crimes in our communities,” said the governor.

In response, the Emir thanked the governor for championing the initiative and appealed to other well-meaning individuals to support the project.

Alhaji Sa’ad Belgore, the Chairman of the Majlis said the mandate of the council was to mobilise all Muslim philanthropists in the state to collect, distribute and administer Sadaqat and Zakat through the council.

Belgore said that it would make a positive impact on society and solicited support and partnership with the state government, especially its relevant agencies.


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