Africa’s richest man and Nigerian Billionaire has donated 106 food trucks to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Borno.
The Dangote Foundation announced on Monday in Maiduguri that it had set aside 106 truck-loads of food items for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Borno during the Ramadan fast.
Dangote Donates 106 Trucks Of Food Items
The Dangote Foundation made the announcement on Monday in Maiduguri, saying that it had set aside 106 truck-loads of food items for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Borno during the Ramadan fast.
Speaking on behalf of the foundation, Hajiya Zouwaira Yousif, made the disclosure at the launching of the distribution of the items to the IDPs in Maiduguri.
Hajiya Yousif said that about 30,000 IDPs were expected to benefit from the programme that was aimed at providing succour to the internally displaced persons.
She said that the idea was conceived by the chairman of the foundation himself, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, after his visit to the state sometime in May.
Hajiya Yousif said;
“The whole exercise is aimed at providing food to Borno IDPs to enable them observe the Ramadan fast with ease. The idea was conceived by Alhaji Aliko Dangote after he visited the IDPs camps in Maiduguri and was touched by their situation.”
She explained that each IDP will receive a 50 kg bag of rice, a carton of noodles, a packet of sugar, salt and some seasonings to go with it through the donation.
The Dangote Foundation official also disclosed that 43 trucks had already arrived Maiduguri for distribution to the beneficiaries.
“We are expecting the remaining consignment in Maiduguri as soon as possible. After the official flag-off, the remaining items will be distributed to the IDPs by a team comprising members of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and other emergency agencies to ensure that only those in need are given.”
Yousif said that the gesture was in addition to a pledge of N2 billion cash donation made by Dangote to the Borno Government toward improving child and women health.
Responding to the gesture, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima commended the Dangote Foundation for the kind gesture and urged other philanthropists to do likewise.