The Zamfara State government has earmarked over N1 billion for the construction of mosques, renovation of cemeteries and other religious activities in the 2020 budget.
This was made known by the state Commissioner of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Tukur Jangebe, while defending the 2020 budget proposal of his ministry.
Sheikh Tukur Jangebe noted that over N300 million from the amount would be used for Special Ramadan packages for rural dwellers in the upcoming 2020 Ramadan fast. He said;
“You know previously in every Ramadan season, the state government establishes Ramadan feeding centres across the state under this ministry.
“This time, we are going to restructure the Ramadan feeding package in the state, we want to reorganise it in such a way that it will reach the target beneficiaries in the rural communities.
“We plan to provide grains, essential commodities and cash to various categories of needy instead of Ramadan feeding centers.”
According to him, under the 2020 budget proposal, the ministry planned to build additional Jumu’at Mosques across the 17 emirates of the state. “We are going to establish one Islamic education centre in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.