“Eradicate poverty through small scale entrepreneurship” – Cleric

Rafat Salami, Abuja

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The national chief Imam of the Al- Habibiyyah Islamic society , Fuad Adeyemi has called on religious organisations to mobilize their followers to take advantage of government programmes towards eradicating extreme poverty in the country.

Imam Fuad at the commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the society in Abuja, said that poverty continues to plague Nigerians despite all government interventions because many of the interventions are not being maximized by the populace. He said religious leaders as well as individuals should mobilize others to participate in government programmes.

Though government needs to do more and bring forth several interventions in order to reduce abject poverty which is plaguing our people, we as citizens also need to key into government programmes and these should be explained to the people so that they can understand what these programmes are so that they can benefit from them”, he said.

He said the theme of the programme “Empower to be empowered”, was “designed to expose participants to the array of investment opportunities available through government programmes and provides another avenue for the society to train all its members across the country.”

Imam Fuad said the society is working “to  ensure that individuals key into all government agenda to ensure that we stamp out corruption and importantly to wipe out extreme poverty which continues to diminish the impact of interventions.”

He said in its 17 years of existence the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society has been engaged poverty alleviation programme through its ‘distribution of zakat, food bank programme through which it feeds indigent during the Muslim month of fasting as well as its

In a key note address, Ambassador Ridwan Mustapha said Prof Jibril Aminu in his book, national development is either physical, material and spiritual. All the national development, they are essentially to build the nation, the ingredients of national development are already in the Quran, what the UN is doing  including MDG and SDG to which many countries sign to, are all issues in the Quran. What that means is that if Muslims were to follow Quran, there would be development. He mentioned goal number one of SDG is no poverty but that is what Islam has been asking us to do through zakat and other programmes; the second is zero hunger, good health and wellbeing of Nigerians.

The commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the society is also featuring the society’s maiden conference where 85 delegates from branches of the society from across the country who were trained JAIZ Bank, TAJ bank and LOTUS investment to understand the opportunities for partnership that abound.

The three-day conference which began on Saturday 4th of January ends on Monday 6th of January 2020.

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