Jaiz Zakat empowers 1119 persons
Jaiz Zakat & Waqf Trust Fund (JZWTF) has distributed zakat proceeds to about 1,119 beneficiaries, who received cash and materials worth N40.1 million.
The beneficiaries were drawn from Southeast, Southsouth, Northeast and Northcentral (Abuja). Speaking at the ceremony held in Abuja, JZWTF Executive Director, Imam Abdullahi, lamented the increasing poverty rate in the country.
Imam Shuaib regretted that access to qualitative and affordable housing, medical and educational services are far out of the reach of the poor and needy people in the country.
These, he said, accounted for 98.52 per cent of the overall Zakat fund disbursed given to the poor and needy people across the aforementioned four regions of the country.
Wealthy Nigerian Muslims, he noted, can make a difference in the life of your less-privileged by paying their Zakat as at when due and also encourage others to donate generously.
Explaining how the distribution went, he said N4.9 million Zakat fund was disbursed in the Southeast, N3.6 million in the Southsouth, N28 million in Northeast while Abuja in Northcentral got N3.5 million.
He said: “The Zakat allotment in the Northeast increased and even doubled what we disbursed in both the Southeast and Southsouth regions as indicated. The reasons for this were not far-fetched. We had to contend with the continued increase in the population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), victims of Boko Haram that needed to be resettled and reconnected back to their natural habitat and the adverse effect of poverty in the region.”
Imam Shuaib urged all beneficiaries to use their Zakat fund and items judiciously and also redouble their efforts so that they too can begin to support others in the years ahead.
JZWTF Acting Chairman Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, said the Abuja edition marked the beginning of the birth of a new dawn in the Zakat and Awqaf sector in the country.
Alhaji AbdulMutallab said: “We are poised and committed to take Zakat and Awqaf administration to greater heights throughout the length and breadth of the country. Our focus is to impact positive values in the life of the common man as well as uplift the living standards and care of the poor and the most vulnerable people in the country. Hence, the choice of our core values with the acronym CARE which stands for Competency, Accountability, Reliability and Empowerment of the less-privileged which implies our affection and compassion.
“Towards this end, our management team has not relented on their oars. Within four months of kick-starting our operations last year, we collected over N40 million as Zakat from individual Muslims. So far, we have distributed N36,600,000 Zakat fund in Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Bornu, Yobe and Adamawa states.