By Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The Sokoto State government has earmarked N300 million for the assistance to orphans and widows during the Ramadan and Sallah festivities.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal made this known on Tuesday shortly after breaking the day’s fast with the physically challenged persons at the Government House, Sokoto.
He said the gesture was aimed at enabling the widows and orphans to observe the Ramadan fast and celebrate the Sallah festival with ease.
He maintained that the financial assistance was introduced to complement other programmes introduced by the government to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged in the society.
According to him, these include the release of N50 million for the settlement of medical bills of indigent patients, the release of N300 million for the Ramadan feeding centres and provision of free education for children of the physically challenged persons, among others.
The governor said the present administration has sustained the monthly payment of N6,500 stipend to persons with disabilities inherited from the past administration so as to further improve their well-being.
He said this was in addition to efforts by government to encourage the children of persons with disabilities to pursue western education.
Tambuwal said government deemed it necessary to host them, as his administration does not discriminate among its citizens.
While appreciating the support of the people with disabilities to his administration, Tambuwal assured them that government would continue to implement policies aimed at improving their well-being.
He added that government would continue to support and encourage them to contribute their quota to the development of the state.
“The administration will continue to assist the less privileged in the society. So, I urge you not to relent in praying for peace and stability to reign in the country,” Tambuwal added.