The Sokoto State Government on Saturday disbursed N14.68 million to 86 District Heads to purchase cow for orphans as Sallah meat in the state. The exercise as an annual event embarked upon by the state government through the state Zakkat and Endowment Commission was inaugurated at the Sultan Palace in Sokoto. Inaugurating the distribution, Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III, commended the district heads for their dedication in ensuring the success of the programme in their various domain.

Abubakar said the programme had since yielded a positive result, as doing so directly support the required needs of the orphans physically and emotionally. “Supporting orphans is a responsibility of all society, as such attracted more reward from Allah as well as assist in development of our various community. “So, I urge all of you to conduct this assignment with more dedication and fear of Allah, in order to benefit more reward from the gesture,” the Monarch said.

The Traditional leader further thanked the Sokoto state government and the state Zakkat Commission for sustaining the programme. He prayed for all Muslims to succeed in discharging their religious responsibilities and called on them to always pray for the peace and unity of the country.

Earlier, the Chairman Zakkat Commission Malam Lawal Maidoki said the gesture is part of the state government effort to support the orphans and less privileged among the society.

“The exercise as an annual event is in order to encourage wealthy persons to engage in supporting the less privileged among them. “As such the government earmarked N14.68 million for the purchase of cows to be distributed across the 86 districts for orphans Sallah meat in order to ease their needs.

“With this amount earmarked by the state government each district will be getting N160,000 through their head for the fulfillment of the said purpose,” Maidoki said.