The National Amir of The Companion, an association of Muslims in Business and Professions, Alhaji Wale Sonaike, has called on the Federal Government to tap into the resources of Muslims to tackle poverty.
Sonaike said Zakat could eradicate poverty and generate surplus funds to cushion the budget deficit.
He spoke during the Zakat Fund Distribution in Lagos.
Sonaike said Zakat would impact on Nigerians ignored by the system; ‘’they will taste from the resources of Muslims that are set aside under the Zakat mechanism,” he said.
“However, the government has adopted different policies to alleviate poverty, including the N-Power and Trader moni , but the money given out to people is small. If the government can … encourage all Nigerian Muslims to pay their Zakat, they will be surprised in the amount Zakat will be generating,” he said.
He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity and be a Zakat payer.
“They should strive and set goals for themselves to start paying Zakat. If you have benefited from Zakat, you can also make someone who is coming up to benefit,” he said.
Secretary of The Companion Zakat and Sadaqat Committee Abdul Kabir Baruwa said the groupwas disbursing close to N4 million to about 50 people.
He said the group would ensure that Zakat funds got to those that needed it.
A beneficiary, Mrs Taibat Aworodina hailed the group for the gesture.
Mrs Aworodina said she was given a shop to run Cold Room business but did not have the resources to start the business.
“My sister gave me her shop to use for my business instead of hawking but I don’t have the required fund to run the business. I was given the Zakat form and on getting here, I was given a deep freezer. I am happy. I prayed to Allah to enrich the donors and make me one of those that will be paying Zakat,” she said