Ramadan: Sokoto votes N6.7bn for feeding, Jigawa slashes working hours

The Sokoto State government has earmarked N6.7billion for the feeding of poor and underprivileged persons in the state during the 30-day Ramadan fast.

Governor Ahmed Aliyu disclosed this during the flag-off of the distribution of grains to 18,400 orphans and the destitute across the State, at the State Government House on Monday. He noted that the under-privileged persons would be fed at the 605 Ramadan feeding centres created by the State.

Giving the breakdown of the expenditure, the governor said N1.2bn was allocated to 244 wards feeding centres while N797.9m was allocated to the existing 335 feeding centres across the State. “Additionally, N288m would be spent on 26 special feeding centres for people with disabilities. Similarly, each of the 18,400 orphans and the destitute will receive bags of rice and millet with N5, 000”.

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, thanked the governor for sustaining the Ramadan feeding programme, which was initiated by former governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.

“It is important for us to be seen doing what is right as leaders. We pray for you; because to whom much is given much is expected. I assure you, we are hundred per cent in support of your nine-point agenda aimed at transforming the state and helping humanity”, the Sultan said.

He called on the wealthy people to show compassion to the needy.

In a related development, Jigawa State governor, Umar Namadi, approved the reduction of working hours for workers in the state by two hours in view of the Ramadan fast. The decision was disclosed in an issued statement on Tuesday by the State’s Head of Service, Muhammad Dagaceri.

Dagaceri said workers were expected to report to work at 9 am and close at 3 pm, instead of 5 pm from Monday to Thursday. Furthermore, workers would report to work on Fridays by 9 am and close by 1 pm as usual”, he said.

He said the initiative was to enable workers to prepare for the break of fast and have time to observe spiritual activities in the holy month of Ramadan. He expressed hope that the workers would use the Ramadan fast to pray for God’s guidance and blessings.

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