Sokoto govt gives N7m for Sallah rams for the needy, orphans
October 22, 2012 20:19
Sokoto, Oct. 23 , 2012 (NAN) The Sokoto State government on Monday provided N7 million for the purchase of Sallah cows for the needy and orphans.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the cows will be distributed in the 63 districts of the 23 local government areas of the state.
Each district is expected to receive N100,000 for purchase of cows and N10,000 for the slaughtering and preparation.
In all, 9,450 people are expected to benefit from the gesture.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gov. Aliyu Wamakko said the gesture was aimed at enabling the beneficiaries to celebrate Sallah with ease.
Wamakko, who was represented by the Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Prof. Garba Maitafsir, charged the district heads to be diligent in the implementation of the pilot scheme.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III, who was represented by the Magajin Rafin Sokoto , Alhaji Rilwanu Bello, commended the state government for the gesture.
Alhaji Nura Attajiri, the acting Chairman of the state Zakat and Endowment Committee, said traditional rulers were involved in the scheme because they are closer to the people.
The district head of Tambuwal, Alhaji Mainasara Dahiru, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues pledged to be above board in discharging the assignment.