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Earlier today Friday, 19th May, 2023, the Sultan of Sokoto and Presiden-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, has inaugurated the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Council’s project Implementation arm; Education, Social and Health Mission (MESH), having the Founder and President of Al-Ansar Foundation Dr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa, mni, Prof. Salisu Shehu and other prominent personalities as members of the BoT. The Inauguration ceremony took place at the Executive Board Room of the National Mosque Office Complex, Abuja, Nigeria.

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The Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) being the apex body superintending over the affairs of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria, continously strives to improve on the welfare of the Ummah and impact on the Nigerian society.

The council, as part of it’s effort towards actualizing it’s avowed ‘to carter for, preserve, protect, promote and advance the interest of Islam and Muslims throughout Nigeria’, established a relief and social project implementing arm in 2017. The arm is called “Mission for Education, Social and Health Mission (MESH).” The aim of the independent mission is to mobilize resources to promote quality education, health-care services and socio-economic development through the provision of crucial relief and assistance packages to the needy members of the Ummah in particular and the Nigerian society in general.

Since it’s inception, MESH has leverage on the limited financial and expensive social capital of the council to implement several life-impacting project across the country with a special attention on the Ummah. Through this, the mission has carried out many interventions such as free medical outreach, construction and renovation of school buildings, provision of school uniforms to pupils in IDP camps, life skills training for people with special needs, scholarship awards to orphans, distribution of relief packages during Covid-19 lockdown as well as participation in the Nigerian democratic consolidation through regular observation on elections and active advocacy on continous voters registration.

The mission had also gone out to solicit funding from well-meaning individuals and organisations, one of this kind of organisations is Future-Assured Initiative, an NGO of Her Excellency, Hajiya Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, who funded a project on “Mitigating the problems of Marriage Instability and Divorce in some Selected States in Nigeria”. The Project was implemented in Adamawa, Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Osun and Kwara States for a period of two years (September 2018 to March 2022).

Meanwhile, it is believed that it is now crucial to expand the scope and reach of MESH by adding more vim, vitality and vigour to it’s activities. To this end, the council at the meeting of Expanded General Purpose Commitee (EGPC) held on March 30th, 2022 approved expansion of the membership of the MESH Board of Trustees (BoT) to accomodate some influential and resourceful Muslims in the society.

May Allah guide them and give them the wisdom to serve Islam and reward them in tenfolds. Ameen.