An association of Muslim men in business and professionals – The Companion has supported indigents and charity organisations with cash and materials.
One of the recipients of the educational support is Mukaila Akanbi, a PhD student at the Lagos State University who got ₦500,000 towards completing his thesis.
According to Akanbi, “I had lost the opportunity of graduating for my PhD programme due to financial constraints. The main reason I sought funding is to complement my thesis work.”
He was supposed to graduate in April but his indebtedness to the Varsity barred him and he hopes that when that is done, he would be able to hold his project defense and wrap up the programme.
The Companion’s National Amir, Kamil Olalekan, an engineer commended Lagos and other districts for reviving one of the pillars of Islam.
According to him, the collection and disbursement is more relevant in Nigeria of today, because of the bad state of economy, which has driven many more people into poverty and hunger.
“My personal observation is that a lot of Muslims spend their money on Hajj and Umrah, neglecting Zakat and Sadaqah obligation. We must, therefore, view our efforts as a tripod, which benefit the payers or givers, receivers and society at large,” he said.
The event was held during the Lagos District Zakat Distribution ceremony held at the Shamsi Adisa Thomas Mosque Hall, Old Secretariat, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.