Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Charanchi LG boss tasks wealthy individuals

From Abdu Labaran, in Katsina

The Transition Committee Chairman of Charanchi Local Government Council in Katsina State, Alhaji Dikko Umar Radda, has called on wealthy individuals in the society to be their brothersí keepers by always coming to the aid of their fellow citizens, asserting that such an attitude has a positive multiplier effect on both society and individuals.

Speaking during the presentation of financial assistance to two medical patients at the weekend, the chairman who was represented by the Head of Administration of the local government, Alhaji Rabe Abubakar Sukuntuni, observed that those endowed with material wealth have a duty to both themselves and society to share a portion of it with the less privileged.

Doing so, he noted, would ease burden on government and enable it concentrate on the execution of developmental projects for the benefit of the society as a whole.

Alhaji Umar Radda further noted that the gesture will go a long way in easing tension in the society, especially among able-bodied youths which build up as a result of the "I donít care" attitude of the wealthy people to the plight of the indigent in their midst.

He stated that it was not for nothing that God has institutionalised the payment of Zakkat and enjoined the wealthy to spend in the way of Allah and do good to the less privileged because doing so would go a long way to lessen poverty and tension in the society by increasing the moral and material well-being of both givers and takers.

The Charanchi council chairman lamented the mean attitude of some individuals who flaunt their wealth with abandon but always come up short when faced with the challenges of their needy neighbours, submitting that the society can only move forward when we adopt the "one for all, all for one" attitude.

The sums of N20,000 and N17,000 were given to the families of one-year-old Bilkisu Sani Liman and Malam Saidud Mai Ruwa respectively for medical treatment with a call on the families to be honest and just by spending the money on what it was given for.