By Ismail Auwal
Former Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi has distributed food items to over 500 households as part of activities to commemorate the 1443 Maulud Celebration
Speaking during the distribution exercise, that took place in his residence at Bayero University Kano, Dr Bichi said the essence was to put smiles on the faces of people by cushioning the effect of the harsh economic situation.
He noted that many people are finding it difficult to feed their families and therefore, his action was to make them happy during this festive period to commemorate the birth of the Holy prophet, Muhammad SAW.
The donated items included a bundle of cloth, bag of rice, millet, and maize each, and a portion of meat. He said “as we are today celebrating the birth of our Noble Prophet SAW, we feel obliged to put smiles on the faces of our brethren who could not afford a good food for their families”. Many people who benefitted from the gesture expressed appreciation describing him as a man of God.
Many people who benefitted from the gesture expressed appreciation describing him as one politician who has the interest of a common man at heart.
Malam Abubakar Idris said the items came handy as he had no single grain in his house with a family of five.
Another woman busted into tears of joy, lamenting that it has been over a week since last they cooked solid food in the house.
“We were surviving on crunches for the last few week’s, as we have nothing in the house, my husband died last year during the Covid 19 pandemics, he left me with five children and no one to feed us, the little business of akra frying I was doing we couldn’t sustain it due to lack of capital. Alhamdulillah, in addition to the food items, he equally supported us with seed money to start a business. We really appreciate him and may Allah continue to guide him.
A director in the One 2 Tell 10 campaign organisation of Baffa Bichi, Honourable Ghali while explaining the concept of human empowerment, noted that the desire was to bail out the needy especially widows, orphans, and other needy persons in the society.
Honourable Ghali disclosed that the only way out of the economic crunch is for all the wealthy and public sprites individuals to come up with program that would have a positive pact on the lives of the less privilege by providing them with capital money so as to be independent and self reliant.
“Our desire is to empower people to be self-reliant so that they can as well be productive to the society. No nation can grow and prosper if the teeming populace is in abject poverty and economic dependency. Ours is to teach a person how to catch a fish so that he can be productive in the society.” He declared.