This may strike you like a thunder bolt but it is true! The world’s richest black man is calling out for assistance. What kind of assistance you may wonder…he needs financial aid/assistance.
Has he gone broke? How? When? But relax, it’s not the kind of assistance running through you head right now. It is not for himself either, it is for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, remember them?
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, through the Dangote Foundation has continually shown tremendous support to IDPs all over the country. But recentes reports of disease outbreaks abd unhealthy living conditions in various IDP camps across the country, in various camps across the country, been a source of worry to him.He therefore is calling on philantropists and other well-meaning Nigerians to step and briogde the gap for the IDPs on behalf of the government.
Dangote, is the biggest single giver in terms of cash and materials top the IDPs in Nigeria since they were setup. In the last five years, the Dangote Foundation has donated N6.3 billion to various camps of IDPs across the country and this amount has contined to grow significantly. N364 million was donated to IDPs in Kaduna, Bauchi and Gombe states after the post-election violence in 2011 rendered many homeless.
He spoke during a visit by North East Development Coalition, describing the situation in the entire North East as such that needs urgent attention and humanitarian assistance. He said benevolent Nigerians should at least be sympathetic to those in the IDP camps and remember them with kindness.
“We cannot open our eyes and allow our fellow citizens continue to suffer like this for no fault of theirs. We need to partner with government and help those in the camps.
“It is obvious government alone cannot cater for this people, not even at this time when there is a paucity of fund. These people need our help and with what God has provided for us we need to help them.”
Dangote is a man with a golden heart and has learned to give back to society. While he has given so much to the IDPs, they seem not to be his only area of concentration. He had also donated the sums of N100 million and N60 million respectively to victims of flood disaster in Lagos and Oyo State in 2011.
In 2014, Dangote Foundation donated N39.34 million to IDPs displaced by the communal clash in Benue state. In 2012, he also donated N2.5 billion to IDPs affected by the flood disaster across 22 states of the federation.
“The first major challenge is the physiological needs of these people, and food, nutrition rank right on top of that ladder. So we will first make serious effort to ensure that hunger is eliminated from the IDP camps and thereafter, we will begin to make effort to create jobs and boost entrepreneurship.
“The effort to create jobs and boost enterprise in this case will not be about making money or returning investment, rather it will be primarily to create opportunities for the people.”
Also speaking during the visit, daughter of the billionaire, who is also the Executive Director of Dangote Group, Halima Aliko-Dangote, reiterated the commitment of the Dangote Foundation to live up to its own promise of supporting the IDPs in whatever way it can while praying that their travails will soon be over.