In an effort to complement government’s humanitarian intervention in bringing relief to 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. Dangote, who said he had always felt for the IDPs camps, noted that the donation became more urgent given that it was Ramadan period.
The business mogul, who made the donation through his Foundation, The Aliko Dangote Foundation, pledged that he would be willing to complement any government effort designed to ameliorate the welfare of the IDPs anywhere.
According to the Chief Executive of the Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, the gesture is part of the Foundation’s humanitarian contributions to the wellbeing 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 bring the food items to Borno is in accordance with the Foundation’s undertaking “to ensure that the IDPs also have a successful Ramadan period just as their Muslim counterparts in other parts of the world.”
“The Foundation is providing food items worth N200 million to support the IDPs in the state. Today, the items the Aliko Dangote Foundation have delivered include rice, spaghetti, sugar, salt, millet, maize, noodles, semolina and wheat meal,” she said. Governor Kashim Shetima, who formally flagged-off the distribution, thanked the Foundation for its continuous support to the people of the state.
He said: “Words are not enough to describe how grateful the people of Borno are to Alhaji Aliko Dangote and his Foundation, who has relentlessly come to support and share in our plight in our time of need.” Also, the Executive Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Engr. Ahmed Satome, said that Dangote Foundation was unique in the sense that it provides all classes of food required by the IDPs in line with global acceptable standards. While commending the efforts of the Foundation, he said that a total of 371,000 individuals would benefit from this Ramadan intervention.