Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has facilitated the treatment of over 200 less privileged persons with mental illnesses since his assumption of office in June last year.
This was disclosed Thursday by the Executive Secretary, Zamfara State Zakkat and Endowment Board, Bashir Gusau, as contained in a statement by the state governor’s special adviser on Media and Communication, Zailani Bappa.
Mr Gusau said the governor requested the register of those who have mental challenges and are not privileged to get sponsorship for treatment which the government fully took responsibility.
“So far, 200 of those registered have been treated and we extend the glory of this to God,” he added.
Meanwhile, the World Muslim League distributed the sum of N164 million to over 300 of the more than 600 orphans selected to benefit from its Zakkat endowment program in Zamfara State.
Mr Bappa said the presentation was held at the Government House under the supervision of Governor Matawallen.
While commending the organisation for its humanitarian gesture to the orphans in the state, the governor called on the organisation to further extend its gesture to those citizens in the state who lost almost everything to the years of banditry and hardship in the state.
He urged the guardians of the beneficiaries to use the benefit judiciously for the progress of the children.
Governor Matawalle also called on the NGO to also assist in the facilitation of the education of the orphans they are now supporting.
The statement noted that the organisation earlier screened 668 orphans in 2011 to benefit annually from the endowment, but could not start enjoying the benefit due to international clampdown on cross border transfer of money on the organisation.
It is, therefore, redeeming its promise by sending three-year benefit arrears to the orphans after lift on the ban.
In his remarks, the representative of the organisation from Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad said the organisation will continue to assist the orphans from its endowment.
He commended the state governor for his concern on the less privileged and particularly hailed the Governor’s earlier decision to surrender half of his monthly salary to the orphanages in the state.
The state Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Dr Tukur Jengebe commended the governor for re-invigorating the Zakkat Commission in the state in his administration.
He noted that the commission was among the first agencies to be empowered by the state Governor even before the formation of the state cabinet.