The Zamfara State government has spent over N100 million on feeding the less privileged persons since commencement of this year’s fast, Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs, Professor Abdullahi Mohammed Shinkafi, said.
Professor Shinkafi, who spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, said Zamfara government created many feeding centres across the state for that purpose.
“We have a welfare package strategy for the Ramadan period which entails creating of feeding centres across Gusau, the state capital, as well as in the 17 emirates. Last year, we had 200 feeding centres, but this year, we have 212, and additional three in each of the 17 emirates.
This amounts to 263 centres in all. Each of the feeding centres is expected to at least serve 100 beneficiaries. The programme is also like poverty alleviation for women and youths and it generates temporary employment. For instance, 263 women have been employed as cooks on ad hoc basis and they are been paid N15,000 on weekly basis, totalling N60,000, while 263 youths were also employed as food distributors and will be paid N20,000 each for the month,” Shinkafi said.
He added that the government employed supervisors in all the centres and that they are expected to report to the ministry on the performance of the cooks, food distributors and quality.
“To us, assisting the needy, particularly in the month of Ramadan, is a priority and by God’s grace we are able to carry on despite some of the challenges,” he added.