One of the things required of every Muslim during the Holy Month of Ramadan is to engage in charitable activities especially to the less privileged in the society.
It is in line with this that the Islamic Society of Eggonland (ISE), on Monday (March 28, 2023/5 Ramadan 1444 AH) – just like they have done in previous years in the month of Ramadan – visited health facilities in Nassarawa Eggon and Akwanga and also the Wamba custodial centre of the Nigeria Correctional Services.
The health facilities visited include General Hospital Nassarawa Eggon, Mokwa Clinic Nassarawa Eggon, Primary Health Care Clinic Nassarawa Eggon, Akun Clinic Nassarawa Eggon, and Model (General) Hospital Akwanga.
Led by the General Secretary of the ISE, Alh. Umar Abdullahi Galle and Alh. Umar Yakubu Marafa, the ISE distributed beverages, bottled water and juice to each of the patients in the health facilities visited. They also encouraged and prayed for the patients and their caregivers. Over 30 patients in these health facilities benefitted from the gesture.
One of the beneficiaries by name Pastor Friday who was caring for his ill child at the Model Hospital Akwanga was full of appreciation for the gesture from ISE. He said: “I appreciate all of you for what you have come to do here today. May the Almighty God reward you for what you have done.”
Another beneficiary at General Hospital Nassarawa Eggon, Grace Ayuba expressed joy with the act of kindness shown by the ISE and prayed for God to reward the organization.
Richard Egga Moses who spoke on behalf of the management of the General Hospital Nassarawa Eggon while recognizing the impact of such charitable acts by the ISE, said it also positively affects the recovery of the patients.
He said: “As a hospital we appreciate your effort. I think this is not the first time you are doing something like this. You were here sometime last year for a medical outreach. We appreciate it. The economic downturn has made it difficult for some people to take care of their health. But the assistance your organization is giving is seriously helping our patients.
“There is one thing peculiar about your organization, the Islamic Society of Eggonland. Whenever you are here, you don’t segregate. That is one thing we are very happy with. It is only God that will reward you.”
At the Wamba custodial centre of the Nigeria Correctional Services, the ISE team was allowed to enter the premises to interact with the inmates. The last two times the ISE visited, they were unable to interact with the inmates due to the COVID19 pandemic.
At the custodial centre, Alh. Umar Yakubu Marafa spoke on behalf of the ISE and encouraged the inmates. He told them that their being jail does not mean the end of their lives as there was hope for redemption for whoever is willing to make their ways right.
In response, the inmates were very grateful to ISE and appealed for the visitation to be more frequent so that they can hear the word of God and be more encouraged.
The ISE team then presented some foodstuff to the management of the custodial centre to improve the feeding of the inmates. The foodstuff include two cartons of seasoning cubes, one bag of salt, five bags of rice, two bags of sugar, two bags of maize, two cartons of dried fish, 25 litres of turkey oil and two bags of millet flour.
The superintendent of the custodial centre, CSC Adamu Suleiman Lengtu who could not hide his joy, called on other well meaning members of the society to emulate the Islamic Society of Eggonland who always remember the inmates in the month of Ramadan.
He assured the ISE that their donations will be used judiciously for the benefit of the inmates and prayed for God to reward them.