The Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, (ZSF) Ijebu-Remo Zone, has distributed Ramadan relief packages to residents of ljebu-ode and its environs in Ogun State.
Each of the packages contained, Rice, Beans, Palm oil, Groundnut oil, Salt, Sugar, tea bags, tomato pastes and other condiments.
Special packages were also made for lmams to cushion the effect of the Covid 19 lock down in the state.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected movement and in line with Z & S Foundation Head Office policy on this year lftar Saim (food for the fasting observers) the distribution of food items were divided into seven phases.
The first phase covered ljebu-ode, ldowa, lsiwo and Odosengolu.
The second phase of the distribution covered Ijebu Igbo, Ago-lwoye, Oru Awa and llaporu while the third phase covered Abigi and ljebu Oni in Ogun Water side. The fourth and fifth were held in Remo axis (Sagamu, lperu, lkenne, Ode, lsara and Ogere) and the sixth phase held at the Nigeria Correctional Centre ljebu-ode.
The last phase of the distribution was a cash payment to each of the beneficiaries which was done in collaboration withanother NGO, Global Crown Foundation For Help. The sum of N2,500 each was given out to 53 beneficiaries.
The Zonal Coordinator of the Foundation, Mr Abdullateef Lawal, appreciated the donors who, according to him, were always thoughtful about the needs of the people around them by regularly donating to make others happy especially as the lock down and Ramadan hit the people.
He also commended the donors for believing in the Foundation to deliver the trust bestowed on it.
“In all, a total of 75 packages were prepared for the widows, 34 for all the community Imams and 454 packages for the other less privilege persons in the society. Each packag contained food stuffs and condiments, excluding the food items presented at the Correctional centre,” Lawal said.
Mr Lawal explained that the Foundation had been reaching out to the less privileged, the vulnerable, the aged, people with special needs since year 2000 when it was registered.
“I commend the Executive Director, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Prince Sulaiman Olagunju, and the ZSF Head office team, for their countless efforts to bringing the idea into fruition. I am also indebted to all other stakeholders in the zone for making the year’s distribution a success,” Lawal said.
All the beneficiaries were delighted to receive the gifts especially at this period.
The Chief lmam of Abigi in Ogun state, Alhaji Musiliu Balogun, who also doubles as the Chairman, League of lmams and Alfas in ljebu Land, appreciated the efforts of the Foundation and its donors in alleviating the sufferings of the people.
The Principal Inspector, Adekomaya Abdulsemiu of the ljebu-ode Correctional Centre who received the food items on behalf of the Deputy Inspector, appreciated the Foundation for its regular donations to inmates.