By Jumu’ah Abiodun
The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef has praised the Chairman and board members of Zakat & Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) for creating job employment and reducing poverty in the country despite the current economic crisis.
Abdul-Lateef stated this during the 11th Zakat Distribution Ceremony which took place at the multi-purpose hall, Lagos State secretariat mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.
He also advise the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ZSF, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, that the organization should write to the state Assembly on the need of deducting direct Zakat from civil servants who are willing to pay it.
According to him, the government has so many programmes which are public-private driven, that is partnership between the government and the public, “Zakat is easier to collect than tax and it enables circulation of wealth”.
He added that “The government is an enabler, one of the advantages of Zakat is it enables equal distribution of wealth where you take from the rich and give to the poor..
“One of the ways to balance poverty is through Zakat”.
Imam Abdullahi Shuaib during his remarks stated that the organization has empowered over 21, 038 beneficiaries with one hundred and eleven million, three hundred and six thousand eight hundred and seventy-sixty naira only (N111, 306, 876) across south-east, south-south and south-west regions of the country in 1436AD (2015).
He also praised the new administration at the state and federal level over the change mantras to right the wrong of the immediate past administration and build a new culture of deepening the welfare of its citizenry and make their security one of the major policy thrusts of their administrations.
Items distributed at the ceremony include: two industrial sewing machines, 14 deep freezers, four tricycles (Keke Marwa) and one motorcycle.
Other items include: grinding machine, a pop-corn machine, a loptop, a complete computer system, a binding machine, printer, scanner and cash.