Mr Bulus Dabit, the Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Plateau, on Wednesday, said that charity did not imply giving out leftovers and unwanted items to the less privileged.
Dabit told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the notion was wrong, as charity to the contrary means giving out the best that one has.
He said it was unfortunate that the society always perceived charity as giving out what they were ashamed of or no longer had need for, either of clothing materials or food to the less privileged members of the society.
According to him, it is a wrong notion of charity which should be discarded.
He added that “charity is not about giving out leftover food or what you are ashamed to wear, but giving out the best that you can afford to meet human needs; because it is a sacrifice.”
He urged organisations and privileged individuals to open up windows of opportunities to the less privileged in the society by assisting to alleviate their sufferings, especially in the challenges of the present dwindling economy.
Dabit said charity included helping to give access to clean water, medicine and food.
He appealed to government and philanthropists to reach out to the less privileged and to empower the youths and women, who were worst hit by conflicts in the society.
He noted that such assistance would help to reduce the burden of diseases such as malaria, polio, measles and Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), which many less privileged persons grapple with in the society. (NAN)