Ganduje inaugurates committee to collect Zakat from wealthy individuals, organisations in Kano

Chairman of the Kano State Zakat and Hisbah, Sheikh Usman Yusuf, has said in an effort to ensure transparency in Zakat collection, the commission has inaugurated an 11-man task force committee to ensure the collection of Zakat for the needy from organisations and wealthy individuals in the state.

He disclosed this on Thursday while speaking with pressmen, describing Zakat as a key pillar of Islam and “as Ramadan approaches, there is the need to give out to the less privileged and support them.”

According to him, this “committee, as from today will go to Tahir Guest Palace, Ni’imah Guest Inn, Jaiz Bank and Taj Bank, to remind them about the importance of Zakat.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Director-General of the commission, Alhaji Safiyanu Abubakar, said that the action was a deliberate move to help the needy in the state.

He noted that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, in his effort to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged, the poor and the disabled, approved the appointment of the members of the committee.

He said: “It is compulsory for every well-to-do individual or organization to give out a certain percentage of their wealth as Zakat.”

He disclosed further that members of the state House of Assembly, especially the religious affairs committee, has given the committee the mandate to collect Zakat.

He said, “as a committee, we are trying to institute a stand that anyone seeking to contest any election in the state must present evidence that he or she has been paying Zakat to the commission.”

He added that the commission had come up with a new method of collection, adding that every wealthy individual must pay Zakat.

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