No fewer than 317 beneficiaries were dazzled with cash and material gifts worth over N70million in zakat by Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU) last weekend.
The presentation which was done at the Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla Multipurpose Hall of the Lekki Central Mosque complex was an annual programme of LEMU aimed at economic empowerment and poverty alleviation in the society.
The beneficiaries who were grouped into five categories, in addition to people acutely in need who received some palliatives during the period of COVID -19 lockdown were 119 Muslims under poverty alleviation and economic empowerment scheme; 42 under Scholarship and Educational support programme; 12 accommodation support initiative; 9 beneficiaries under Health and Well-being support; 6 Muslims under Debt settlement programme as well as 57 beneficiaries under COVID-19 palliatives programme.
Out of the 317 beneficiaries, 273 received cash and material gifts at the event. Items distributed were 10 Tricycles, 17 Sewing machines, 28 deep freezers; 1 grinding machine, 4 power generating set; 3 Laptops and 1 Dispatch power bike.
It will be recalled that last year in October, over N37million were doled out to no fewer than 203 beneficiaries in cash and material such as Tricycles, Motorcycles, Sewing machines, freezers among others.
The Chairman, LEMU Zakat Committee, Alhaji Yunus Olalekan Saliu said that the committee made remarkable progress this year by realising a 40 per cent increase in what was generated last year.
“I am pleased to inform this distinguished gathering that LEMU has made another remarkable progress in its Zakat collection efforts during year 2019/20. Alhamdulillah. In spite of the difficulty of our time, total collection soared to about N70 million compared to about N50 million last year, an impressive increase of about 40%.
“Let me quickly express profound thanks to Imam Ridwan Jamiu, the Chief Imam, Lekki Central Mosque for creating constant and sustained awareness about the importance and the necessity for every eligible Muslim to pay Zakat. He has done a great job. Alhamdulillah!
“My gratitude also goes to Dr. Kamaru Omotoso, President, Lekki Muslim Ummah, Dr. Abdul Ganiyu Olusola Labinjo, Vice President and other members of the Executive for their quality leadership and strong support. I am humbled by the display of extraordinary level of interest, commitment, dedication and passion by every member of the Zakat Committee.”
“I take this opportunity to express our profound thanks to all donors for their dutifulness, generosity and magnanimity. They should be very pleased with themselves that they have fulfilled an important religious obligation as sincere and devoted believers, providing great relief to those in need, the widow, the jobless, the helpless; and putting joy and smiles on the face of today’s beneficiaries.
Alhamdulillah!! We pray that Allah will recognise and accept your kind deeds, continue to strengthen you, bless you manifold and grant you goodness in this world and success in the hereafter”
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