Determined to enhance the education of the less-privileged in the society, Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission has distributed educational materials to no fewer than 46 orphans in the state. This was even as the Commission disbursed cash and materials to their guardians as business capital to start up their businesses.
The Chairman of the Commission, Malam Lawal Maidoki, while distributing the materials, said that the programme was initiated to encourage the children to go to school so as to acquired education like other children. “This is to ensure that the 46 orphaned children are able to go back to school and become educated like those whose parents are alive.
The gesture, however, is to support the state government’s effort and state of emergency in the education sector of the state,” he said.
Besides, Maidoki, who added that the gesture was part of the commission’s commitment to cater for the less-privileged in the society, noted that each of the beneficiaries was provided with two pairs of school uniforms, writing and reading materials, school bags and sandals.
According to him, the guardians of the children were provided with their choice of business materials such as vegetable oil, bags of rice and bags of groundnut, among others, with each of them receiving N5,000 cash as business start-up grant.
Meanwhile, he recalled that the orphans were selected across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state by District Heads in the areas, even as Maidoki called on well-meaning and spirited individuals and organisations to emulate people like Alhaji Umarun Kwabo, who established a primary school to support the education over 150 children orphaned by Boko Haram insurgence in the country.