Posted by News Express | 13 June 2017 | 1,540 times
In an effort aimed at complementing government’s humanitarian intervention to bring reliefs to the victims of insurgency and other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, Africa’s foremost businessman, Aliko Dangote has donated food items worth more than N200 million to the people.
He said he had always empathised with those in the IDP camps and that the donation became more urgent given that it was Ramadan period.
The business mogul, who made the donation through The Aliko Dangote Foundation, pledged that he would be willing to complement any government efforts designed to ameliorate the suffering of the IDPs anywhere.
Chief Executive of the Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, who represented Dangote, explained that the gesture was part of the Foundation’s humanitarian efforts to contribute to the well-being of Nigerians in need.
“This gesture is in continuation of the Group’s efforts to provide succour to IDPs in Borno State,” she stated.
According to her, the decision to move the food items Borno State was the demonstration of the Foundation’s undertaking “to ensure that the IDPs also have a successful Ramadan period just as their other Muslim counterparts in other parts of the world.”
The Foundation is providing food items worth N200 million to support the IDPs in the state. Items delivered included rice, spaghetti, sugar, salt, millet, maize, noodles, semolina and wheat meal.
The Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, who formally flagged-off the distribution, thanked the Dangote Foundation for its continuous support to the people of the state, especially to the victims of insurgency.
Said he: “Words are not enough to describe how grateful the people of Borno are to Alhaji Aliko Dangote and his Foundation, who have relentlessly come to support and share in our plight in our time of need.”
He asserted that since the inception of the insurgency, the Dangote Foundation remained the largest single individual donor to the IDPs in the state after the Federal and state governments.
Also, the Executive Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Engr. Ahmed Satome said that the Dangote Foundation is unique in the sense that it provides all classes of food required by the IDPs in line with the global acceptable standards.
While commending the efforts of the Foundation, he said 371,000 individuals would benefit from the Ramadan intervention.
Following the reports of unhealthy conditions in which the IDPs live in 2016, Dangote visited some of the camps and his Foundation made a jumbo donation of N2 billion and hundreds of millions of Naira worth of food items.
Within a spate of five years, Dangote Foundation has grown its support to the IDP camps significantly to N6.3 billion. The Foundation donated N364m to IDPs in Kaduna, Bauchi and Gombe States after the 2011 post-election violence which rendered many homeless, while N100 million and N60 million were respectively donated to victims of flood disaster in Lagos and Oyo State, also in 2011.
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