In the spirit of Ramadan, the foundation reportedly went to the Minister’s office to deliver the multi-million naira items such as sugar, salt, spaghetti, rice, Danvita, and wheat meal only for the gifts to be rejected.
The Minister reportedly refused to accept the donations, stating that he was not hungry and didn’t solicit for any donations, even after all entreaties were made to make him realize that the items are meant for distribution to the needy like those in the IDP camps.
However, the Special Adviser to the FCT Minister on Media, Mr. Abubakar Sani, said there was no truth in the report that the FCT Administration (FCTA) rejected the purported gift from Dangote Foundation to the IDPs.
Mr. Abubakar Sani says the FCTA is not aware of any donations and therefore, not in the position to neither reject nor accept the said gift items.
But sources close to the Foundation in Lagos insisted that the FCT Minister did reject the donation to the surprise of the representatives of the Foundation even when it was explained to him that it was for the less privileged.
Some residents of the FCT expressed dismay at the action of the Minister as they condemned his disposition to the plights of the IDPs who the items were meant for and were actually on the lookout for it having been informed earlier that the foundation would soon put smiles on their faces.
As part of its mandate to give especially in the holy month of Ramadan for the indigent and the vulnerable in the society, the Dangote Foundation has the tradition of donating money and food materials to the less privileged and victims of other disasters across the country.
An official of the Foundation disclosed that Ramadan supplies are delivered to the 36 states, including the FCT yearly and the governors assign a contact person to receive the items which are delivered in trucks on behalf of the governor before distribution to the identified beneficiaries by the state government.
About 31 states had already taken deliveries of their items and some had started the distribution. Sources say 106 trucks of food items are on their way to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in fulfilment of Dangote’s promise to make this Ramadan fulfilling for the IDPs in the states.