By Umar Akilu Majeri,Dutse
The Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Sunusi, said that the council had disbursed N150 million Zakat to 21,622 indigent and less privileged persons in the 26 districts councils under his domain in the state capital Dutse. Sunusi said this at the inauguration of the 2013 Zakkat (alms) distribution exercise in Dutse.
He said that the alms collection committee had realized livestock, grain and money from wealthy individuals in the area as stipulated under Islamic injunction. Sunusi said that the value of livestock collected was more than N26 million, while grain worth N120 million were also realized from individuals in the area.
He said that the food items and money would be distributed to deserving families in the communities, adding that each of the 447 less privileged persons selected from Bamaina and Shuarin communities received N20,000.
He explained that 1,478 needy persons has receive N10,000 each in 22 districts in the ongoing distribution exercise.
Also, Alhaji sunusi abdulaziz Dankofa, Chairman of Dutse Local Government, commended the Emir for the gesture, adding that it would improve the wellbeing of the people in the area.
Dankofa also commended individuals who voluntarily gave out alms in support of the needy, and urged other wealthy persons to support the most vulnerable to reduce poverty in the society.
In another development Alhaji Muhammad Gidado, the Jigawa Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Friday urged herdsmen and farmers to maintain peaceful coexistence in the state.
Gidado, who gave the advice in an interview with our corresponednt in Dutse also enjoined them to avoid farmers fulani communal clashes as this year’s rainy season gathered momentum in the state.
He said the advice was necessary to prevent recurring disputes between farmers and herdsmen during rainy seasons.
The commandant who cautioned herdsmen against encroaching in farmlands, equally advised farmers not to farm on lands reserved for grazing of livestock across the state.
“While we warn farmers to avoid farming on lands that have been reserved for grazing, we also warn the herdsmen to limit their cattle to areas reserved for them to graze their animals,” he said.
According to him, the command will not tolerate any action from the herdsmen and farmers that will cause disharmony and breach of peace.
He further requested residents of the state to tie their animals within their houses, adding that any stray animal destroying valuable things would be seized.
Gidado, therefore, advised livestock owners to ensure that they controlled their animals to avoid prosecution or penalties.