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COVID-19: NASFAT spends N60.9M on the vulnerable, gives free meal for eid -el- fitr celebration

By Amidu Arije

A leading Islamic organisation in Nigeria, Nasrul Lahi -L- Fatih Society (NASFAT), has annouced its plans to put smiles in the faces of the vulnerable through feeding of at least six thousand five hundred (6500) persons in about one hundred and thirty (130) outlets across the twenty two (22) zones of the society during Eid – L-Fitr celebration.

The programme, which is a tradition of the society, is to felicitate with Muslims in Nigeria and in the diaspora to mark the end of Ramadan. The programme this year, has been extended to zones of the society outside Nigeria.

According to the Publicity Secretary of the society, Akeem Yusuf, in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, NASFAT has also, disbursed sixty million nine hundred thousand naira (N60.9m) in cash and food items to the vulnerables in the society, as palliative measure to mitigate the effect of the lockdown and movement restrictions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the Country and the world at large.

It would be recalled that the government recently announced a complete lockdown and restriction of gatherings of people in the nation to curtail the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. The restriction of movement of persons and vehicles has greatly affected the means of livelihood of many Nigerians, particularly those who live on daily income.

“No fewer than eighteen thousand nine hundred and forty two (18,942) households and one hundred and thirteen thousand six hundred and fifty two (113,652) people benefited from the disbursement across the 22 zones of the society over 47 days of the lockdown. Some households got Ten Thousand Naira (10,000) while some got food items,” he said.

NASFAT ‘Feed a mouth’ programme took the center stage during the month of Ramadan. According to Alhaji AbdulRahman Olarinde, NASFAT Welfare Secretary, the initiative, designed to cater for those intending to fast but have no means, provided saahu and Iftar meals for the beneficiaries through the fasting period.

Yususf disclosed that the society has designated areas in Lagos zone where the free meal for the celebration of eid fitri to include Alausa community, Ikeja, Ogba, Imota, Epe, Ijora Olopa among others.

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