President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote on Monday donated N2 billion to Borno IDPs- persons who have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state. This generous donation makes it the single largest donation by an individual to residents living in IDP camps.
Dangote and his daughter, Halima Aliko-Dangote, who were on a visit to the Dalori and Bakassi IDP camps in Borno State, equally made a commitment to end malnutrition, hunger and starvation in the camps and other parts of the country.
Africa’s richest man said the first tranche of N2 billion would be immediately disbursed towards ending what has become a major humanitarian crisis in the country.
Dangote expressed concern over the living conditions of the estimated 1.7 million people displaced in the state, making it the third place globally with the highest number of displaced persons after Syria and Afghanistan. The Dangote Foundation has so far, expended about N1.2 billion in efforts to alleviate the suffering of IDPs across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
He said that apart from the funds and food items that will be donated by his company through the Dangote Foundation, he would explore avenues to drive investments and production in the state in order to promote entrepreneurship and create opportunities for the people to work and earn a decent living in the course of time.
Being his first visit to IDPs in Borno, Dangote promised that it won’t be the last, adding that his foundation will continue to work with the State government to make sure the IDP camps are hunger free.
Also, he promised that Dangote Foundation will assist the state government in shouldering the costs of the entire food for the Borno IDPs during the Holy month of Ramadan.
Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, conveyed the gratitude of the government and people of the state to the Dangote Group for its concern for the plight of the people of his state who he said had suffered unimaginable devastation.
The Shehu of Borno, Umar Garbai Ibn Elkannemi, acknowledging the donation as the highest that has come to IDPs, also thanked Mr. Dangote for his support and urged well-meaning Nigeria to mimic his gesture in order to help the state get back on its feet.