Dangote women empowerment programme hits N4.3bn in disbursement

Posted by News Express | 16 June 2021 | 562 times

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has doled out a whooping N4.2 billion as part of its unconditional Micro Grant Programme for empowering women in the rural areas across the country.

Speaking at the flag-off of its one-off unconditional Micro-grants Programme Tuesday in Bauchi, Chairman of the Aliko Dangote Foundation empowered 20,000 vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.

Dangote, who was represented by the company’s Group Executive Director Government and Strategic Relations, Mansur Ahmed, said so far, over 400,000 poor women have benefited from the programme in the country.

He said in Bauchi State, N200 million is currently being disbursed to vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas.

According to the Africa’s top philanthropist, the unconditional micro grant is aimed at supporting the government’s efforts in empowering poor families in the State.

He said the Foundation had earmarked N10bn to be disbursed to vulnerable women across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

Dangote said states that have also benefitted from the scheme include: Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Kwara state.

He added that the next states to benefit from the programme are: Osun, Edo, Ogun, Rivers, Anambra and Ebonyi states respectively.

“The micro-grants programme is one component of the Economic Empowerment pillar of the Aliko Dangote Foundation. It provides disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a one-off, unconditional N10,000 cash transfer to boost to each of their household income generation. This we believe will help reduce their vulnerability and meet their livelihood needs,” he added.

He said it is gratifying to note that majority of women who benefitted from the scheme have been able to grow the seed capital.

While thanking Aliko Dangote Foundation for coming to assist the vulnerable women in  Bauchi State, Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad said he was very elated with ADF’s intervention across the country and especially in his state.

He expressed optimism that the intervention will support lives and livelihoods of women, children and families in Bauchi State.

According to him, “Aliko Dangote is a beacon of hope for the Bauchi people. He has been creating not only business institutions at the highest levels but also touching lives at the lowest level. He seems to understand Nigeria more than some of us who are politicians. He’s supporting our mothers who will help put food on our tables and train their children in schools.

“We’ve just named the school of nursing and midwifery after him. This is to mark his huge contribution to our societies in Bauchi.”

“We are also using this opportunity to inform him (Dangote) that he should come and invest in Bauchi. We have the highest deposit of limestone in the country. We have the largest arable land and the largest forest. Bauchi is also very peaceful and secured.”

The Governor also presented a book to the Aliko Dangote Foundation. The book was written over a 100 years ago by Sheik Uthman Danfodio, titled: ‘The Principle of Leadership.’

In his speech, the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y. Suleiman, described the intervention ADF as huge saying it would go a long way in supporting the poverty alleviation stride of the state government, adding that the state will continue to collaborate with the state in area of economic empowerment of womenfolk.

Commending the foundation, First Lady and wife to the Governor Mrs. Aisha Bala Muhammad, said the intervention will help lift families from economic problems, even as she urged the women to invest it wisely.

In her response, one of the beneficiaries, Amina Musa, 50, said she would start a micro-business and use the profit to support her family.

Another beneficiary, Jumai Rabiu, 47, described the intervention as huge and timely, adding that she will use the money judiciously and employ others too.

•PHOTO:  L-R,, Emir Of Bauchi, Dr. Riliwan Suleiman Adamu Bauchi State,  Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala   Mohammed, Managing  Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Limited, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Who represents Chairman Aliko  Dangote Foundation, Wife of the State Governor, Aisha Mohammed, and One of the Beneficiary, at the  Official Flag- Off  of Disbursements  the Dangote Micro-Grants  Programme for Venerable  Women in Bauchi Local Government  Area , Bauchi State on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Source: News Express

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