MPAC, NAZAS unite to support IDPs
THE Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) and NASFAT Agency for Zakat and Sadaqat (NAZAS) have collaborated to assist the internally displaced persons (IDPs) through mobilization of welfare packages including access to health care facility on a regular basis. The support became imperative in view of precarious condition the IDPs are being exposed to due to inadequate medical care.
At the press briefing in Lagos, the Executive Chairman of MPAC, Disu Kamor said the two agency are sharing the common vision of working towards addressing the welfare issues of these internally displaced persons.
Kamor stated that, the insurgency in the North East region of Nigeria has led to the displacement of several persons from the different homes and most of them are now taking shelters in various IDPs Centre and the Muslim organizations have worked together with shared values and commitment on humanitarian to raise hope for the victims of insurgence.
He noted that, the MPAC and NAZAS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to kickstart the IDPs intervention project of providing aids and relief materials to the displaced persons.
Kamor seized the opportunity of the briefing to reiterate the objectives of the centre which include empowerment, promotion of individual liberties, religious, civil and political rights of Nigerian Muslims.
He said, the MPAC mission is to internally build its institutions and run its affairs in both professional and balanced manner to empower the Muslims, develop religious, educational, social and outreach programmes and foster good relations with other religious communities.
According to him, MPAC raised more than 15million Naira for different Muslim projects last year and “as at March 2014, we have mobilized and spent over Fifty Million since inception to help provide free world class treatments to indigent patients, Muslims and non Muslims alike.”
The Executive Director of NAZAS, Hajia Suweba Kupolati said, it is a welcome development to collaborate with MPAC as part of its social responsibility to make a positive change to the life of the internally displaced persons.
Kupolati said NAZAS was the first organization to intervene in the recent building collapse in Lagos that which claimed many lives. “We were able to support a victim who lost three children and a wife.”
She canvassed the need for all Zakat organizations to come together with Zakat and save the life of many Nigerians who are suffering from one problem or other.
Kupolati disclosed that her centre had designed mechanism to collect and disburse Zakat and Sadaqat to deserving people.