A non-governmental organisation, the Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) at weekend disbursed N11.4 million to the poor and the needy in Ede, Osun State.
The charitable organisation distributed the obligatory charity of some wealthy Muslims in the state to 69 poor people across the state to alleviate their sufferings. The occasion was the sixth in the series of zakat distributions across the country in 2015.
Different categories of people, including the physically challenged, indigent students, market women, widows and orphans as well as apprentices who could not afford to buy their tools of trade benefited empowerment programme.
The event was held at Western Sun Hotel, Aisu area, along NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ede, Osun State.
A victim of an attack on the Central Mosque, Ede by some hoodlums during a Jum’at service last year, Alfa Salawu Mojeed, received N2 million from the foundation as part of the money required for his micro-vascular surgery in India. The Ede chapter of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability also received N150,000 from the Foundation to assist in developing their vocational centre.
Some university and polytechnic students, who could not afford the school fees in their various institutions, also benefited from the foundation’s gesture. Also read Ebola outbreak declared after three die in Democratic Republic of Congo Similarly, some tailoring apprentices were assisted with sewing machines.
The foundation also distributed grinding machines and refrigerators to some widows and housewives to enable them generate income and become economically empowered.
The Chairman of Board of Directors of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju, explained that the Z&SF carefully scrutinised every beneficiary and ascertained that they really needed help to survive. The foundation also provided boreholes for three different communities that were suffering from dearth of potable water.
He said the foundation also installed generating sets to power the borehole for regular water supply. Olagunju explained why the foundation chose Ede above other towns in Osun. “Zakat distribution of Osun State took place in Ede because majority of the donors are from the community and the principles of Zakat make it imperative to use the zakat for people of the community where it was generated,” Olagunju said.
He urged other wealthy individuals in Osun Sate to pay their Zakat regularly to purify their wealth and earn rewards from Allah.