By Bashir Adefaka
The 1436 Sallah in which animal sacrifice is required had come and gone. What will not be wished away in hurry is the memory of the great experience that came with it. One of the experiences was where the NTIC Foundation of the Nigeria-Turkish International Colleges slaughtered about 1,000 cows across the 10 centres in Nigeria. The intention was to make people happy on the Sallah day.
Addressing journalists during the meat distribution, Principal of the College in Ogun, Lagos axis, Mr. Ercan Yilmaz explained that, “The event, Eid-il-Kabir celebration and the accompanied meat distribution are integral part of the various charity works which NTIC Foundation spearheads on behalf of the Nigerian-Turkish International Colleges nationwide. For more than ten years, we have been involved in this event on a yearly basis reaching out to thousands of Nigerians across the faiths on Sallah celebration like this.”
The motivation for the meat distribution, Mr. Yilmaz said, was to ensure that every family, irrespective of colour, race or religion, is made happy on the occasion.
He added that coordination of the event and several charity activities of the college were taken over by NTIC Foundation six years ago.
This year, according to Yilmaz, more than 70 cows were slaughtered at the Ogun, Lagos axis headquarters of NTIC, Isheri Olofin on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, alone, while another 70 were slaughtered and distributed in each of ten centers of Federal Capital Territory, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Oyo, Osun and other states across the country. He said the meat was packaged into size-able kilogrammes and distributed to indigent families of all faiths.