Sokoto State Allocates N6.7 Billion for Ramadan Feeding Program

The Sokoto State government has allocated N6.7 billion for the feeding of poor and underprivileged individuals during the Ramadan fast. Governor Ahmed Aliyu made this announcement during the commencement of the distribution of grains to 18,400 orphans and destitute individuals across the state.

Governor Aliyu stated that the underprivileged would be provided for at 605 Ramadan feeding centers established by the state government. He outlined the expenditure breakdown, with N1.2 billion allocated to 244 ward feeding centers, N797.9 million to existing 335 feeding centers, and N288 million for 26 special feeding centers catering to people with disabilities. Additionally, each of the 18,400 beneficiaries will receive bags of rice, millet, and N5,000.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Muhammad, commended the governor for sustaining the Ramadan feeding program initiated by former Governor Aliyu Wamakko. He emphasized the importance of compassion towards the needy and pledged support for the state government’s agenda aimed at transforming the state and uplifting humanity.

In a related development, Governor Umar Namadi of Jigawa State approved a two-hour reduction in working hours for state workers during Ramadan. Workers will now report to work at 9 am and close at 3 pm from Monday to Thursday, with Friday’s working hours remaining 9 am to 1 pm. This initiative aims to allow workers to prepare for the breaking of fast and engage in spiritual activities during the holy month.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Fika, Yobe State, Alhaji Muhammad Idrissa, called for collective efforts to assist the underprivileged during Ramadan. He urged against hoarding and price inflation of goods, emphasizing the importance of supporting the needy during this period.

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