a faith-based charity organisation, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF), on Sunday disbursed N148 million to 494 beneficiaries in Lagos. The 13th Zakat Distribution Ceremony (ZDC), took place at the Alausa Secretariat Mosque Hall, Ikeja, where the beneficiaries went home with cash, empowerment tools, educational equipment and cheques for hospital bills among other economically beneficial items.
Spelling out the sectorial analysis of the disbursement, executive director of the foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju, said:
“The sum of N45, 203,000 is distributed for economic empowerment purposes. “Beneficiaries with health related challenges are given a total sum of N31,062,300 while educational assistance to students stands at N11,170,365, while N11,488,740 is assigned for welfare support.”
The area of coverage also included fund and equipment for advancement of small scale industries, renovation of health, educational and religious facilities as well as community development projects like free water scheme, payment of house rents and stipends to senior citizen in various communities. Empowerment took 42 per cent of the disbursement; education 10 per cent; medical 29 per cent; welfare 10 per cent and nine per cent for others.
While appealing to well to do individuals, corporate bodies and social/religious associations to donate generously to the foundation, Olagunju charged the beneficiaries to make effective use of their allocations for the purpose they are meant for.
He thanked the constant donors for their relentless efforts at seeing the project succeed just as he appealed to others to emulate them with a view to making the society a better place for all and sundry.