By Mumini Abdulkareem
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kamaldeen Ajibade (SAN) on Thursday in Ilorin donated two boreholes to meet the water needs of the peoples of his community.
He however maintained that the gesture has nothing to do with political considerations.
The gesture is coming on the backdrop of a request by the people of the community to have a borehole to complement the efforts of the state government on provision of portable water supply.
Ajibade, who said he will continue to explore more ways to continue to provide succour to the people promised to sustain the payment of school fees and other assistance that will cushion the effect of the economic situation prevalent in the country.
While describing the project as unique, he said he feel very happy and fulfilled to be able to come to the aid of his people, especially in the area of water supply even as he said the project will be a huge relief and benefit to the beneficiaries.
Speaking with National Pilot after the commissioning, which held at Okutagidi, Pakata area, Alanamu in Ilorin West Local Government, Ajibade said the gesture is just to give back to the society and devoid of any political interest.
He said “What I have done today is identifying and addressing a problem in my community in my own little way to give back to the community from where I come.
“I believe water is very essential. It is not that we don’t have government water there but this is going to serve as support whenever the government water is not available.
“We used to have our community meeting every Ileya festival and the last one I had with them, I asked the most pressing need they want me to address and one of those things they stated was borehole to complement the government water”, he added.
Speaking on the maintenance of the facilities, the commissioner said everything has been put in place to ensure its smooth running.
“We have set up a management committee in the community mosque. The electricity to power the two boreholes is connected to the mosque. Through our support, the committee will see to its maintenance and where there is a need and it more than their capacity, then I will have to come in.
“This is not the first and it will not be the end. We have been rendering support in the areas of payment of school fees and other assistance”, he added.
The project was commissioned by Khalifah Kamaldeen, Sheikh Olayinka Kamaldeen.
The cleric, who underscored the importance of water to man’s existence thanked the commissioner for keeping faith with the people and meeting them in one of their most important point of needs.
He called on others who have attained position of authority in the society to emulate the gesture and always give back to the society in whatever capacity they can.
Muslims must shun tendencies that can ridicule Islam – NASFAT boss
Muslims across the world have been urged to guide against negative tendencies or conflicts that may bring Islam to disrepute.
The President of NASFAT worldwide, Engr. Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa gave the advice in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while answering questions on a Radio Kwara personality interview programme; “Playing Host”.
Engr Bolarinwa said Muslims should adopt all meaningful means to resolve crisis amicably rather than engaging in ungodly acts.
According to him, the change in the leadership of NASFAT which brought in the new Chief Missioner, Maruf Onike AbdulAzeez was without crisis as the former spiritual head of the society resigned and all his entitlements paid.
He added that there is no overlapping function between his office and the Chief Missioner of the society as the president serves as administrative head while the latter is the spiritual leader. Bolarinwa, who is running his second term in office as the president of the society, disclosed that NASFAT as a group have the understanding of Islam.
He disclosed that presently, the society has 240 branches worldwide while its biannual conference would take place in Ghana between December 20 and 23.
The president explained that the society does not rely on any foreign aid or NGO’s assistance but rather contributions of members adding that not until recently when UNICEF partnered with NASFAT on a programme tagged; “No to violence against children”.