…… highlights efforts in curtailing surge, as Muslim Women Converge in Ekiti for 7th Biennial Conference
A Muslim association under the aegis of Nasirullahi Fathi (NASFAT) has decried the rate of joblessness among the youths and the effect on the life of future leaders in the country.
The faith based body also bemoaned the alarming rate of security challenges bedeviling the nation.
NASFAT which enjoined the Federal government to take urgent action for immediate solution highlighted some efforts it has put in place to liberate Nigerians not only its members from poverty and all sorts of economic setbacks.
The Association called on government to commit huge investment to job creation and technological innovation to curb the challenges of Kidnapping, killings and drug abuse which has been the side effects of the menace on youths.
Women members of the Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih(NASFAT) gave the charge yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital.
NASFAT advised government to devise right method and lift the nation out of economic danger.
The muslim body gave the submission in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, at the opening of its three-day 7th biennial Women’s conference with the theme: ‘’Intentional Parenting: The How’s of Raising Resilient Muslim Children Against All Odds”.
Addressing the pressmen to herald the programme, NASFAT National Women Affairs Secretary, Mrs Suweebah Kupolati, said:
“Women and children are always at the receiving end of drug abuse, kidnapping and killings and we should all be worried .
“We all know that this government had done well in the area of insecurity, but the bulk of this problem is as a result of unemployment. Government must provide jobs for our youths to reduce drug abuse and kidnapping.
“NASFAT has been partnering government to empower our youth. Those who are self employed are being given money to expand their businesses. We have Zakat charity foundation that we use to organise skill acquisition for them. We donated over N5m to widows across various locations last year”.
Kupolati stated that the body backed the proposal by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu that Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) should be installed at all religious centres, to ward off senseless attacks.
“NASFAT is totally in support of CCTVs being planted in faith based areas. The government shouldn’t just stop at that, they should do same in public places to safeguard the lives and property of our citizens”.
Reeling out what NASFAT had done to fight poverty, Kupolati said: “We have given out about N380 million to different groups and populace to alleviate poverty. We gave out N70m during Covid to help Nigerians . We also have scholarship to sponsor youth for university education and for medical treatment of poor Nigerians”.
Kupolati described NASFAT as a pace-setting Islamic charity and faith-based organization that promotes Health, Education, livelihood and good governance among Nigerians.
“Established in 1995, NASFAT has been conducting its services and programmes in Nigeria, US, Canada UK and some West African countries over the last 27 years and has been contributing positively to the peace, growth and development of our country”.
On the kernel of the seminar, Kupolati revealed that “We want our women to be awake to their responsibilities and the need to make conscious effort to mentor, support and sponsor our children’s ideas. For the development of good families, the mother plays a vital role.
“Part of the pre-conference activities are Health Screening of delegates, delegates’ Charity Visit to Government Orphanage Homes to make donations, Sightseeing Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ikogosi and Walk Against Domestic Violence. The objective of the walk is to reiterate our commitment and support to ending domestic and family violence in our communities.
“We are also using the conference to drive our fundraising campaign with a target of N4.6billion to fund the proposed NASFAT Mother and Child Hospital to provide outstanding healthcare services for every member of the family”, she stated.