AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The President Dangote Foundation, Alhajji Aliko Dangote, has said his Foundation has so far spent N7billion reconstruction and provision of food and non food items to the victims of insurgency in the Northeast, Nigeria that was ravage by Book Hatam insurgents.
The richest man in Africa who disclosed this on Monday while commissioning 200units Dangote Housing estate built by Dangote foundation for widows of Boko Haram insurgency said the foundation has also create jobs and end hunger in the north east states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba among other states .
The business mogul said, in Borno alone, which is the epicentre of Boko Haram, Dangote Foundation invested N2 billion for construction of 200 befitting housing estate to IDPs, in addition to provision of food items and other relief items since 2012.
The President of the Dangote group, who commissioned the 200 Dangote Estates, School and Clinic in Dalori Village of Konduga Local Government Area as well as the newly constructed edifice of Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) along Damboa road in Maiduguri, the state capital, said the foundation would continue assist victim of insurgency in the Northeast.
The 200 Housing Estate and the BSPHCDA were jointly constructed and equipped by Dangote and Borno State Government.
Commending Governor Shettima for his giant developmental strides in Borno, despite the Boko Haram crisis, adding that, the governor has achieved a feat that other governors from the oil producing states could not achieve.
He called on philanthropists and other corporate organizations to assist the state government resettle and empower the IDPs who have since returned to their liberated communities.
His words: “I am very grateful to witness this important occasion which marked the official commissioning of 200 housing estates, and newly constructed Primary Health Care Development Complex built by Dangote Foundation in partnership with Borno state Government.”
“Since 2012, Dangote Foundation has been supporting the North East, particularly Borno, and have spent about N7 billion as part of effort to ameliorate the sufferings of IDPs..We will continue to work and ensure that the IDPs are finally resettled back to their communities with dignity”, he added.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Kashim Shettima described Dangote as symbol of Borno and a highest gift to Africa for always identifying with challenges posed by insurgency.
He noted that Dangote Foundation is the one in the country that gave the highest donation in support of the humanitarian crisis not only in Borno but in the country as a whole.
“I am so glad that with this support and construction of this village to our IDPs, Dangote will now serve as permanent symbol in the state.” Shettima said.
In their separate remarks, Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Professor Umara Zulum and that of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, and the Executive Director, BSPHCDA, Dr. Sule Mele, commended Dangote and Borno State Government for giving much priority attention to the plights of IDPs in the state, pointing out that the provision of the estates, clinics, schools and the befitting Primary Health Care Development Agency to the people of the state is timely, due to the relative peace currently enjoyed in the state.
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