Dangote Foundation increases donations to IDPs, stakes N1.3 billion
Dangote Foundation has flagged off the distribution of food and other relief items worth over N100 million to IDP camps in the state, thus growing its intervention to N1.3 billion.
The Foundation said its support to the IDPs and other returnees across the North eastern states has grown up to N1.3 billion in the light of recent ugly developments in the camps that necessitated fresh interventions.
Chief Executive of the Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou appealed to individuals and organization to rise up to be counted at this time of hardship for the IDPs, noting that no humanitarian assistance is too small to render to the people in IDPs as most of them are ravaged by hunger.
Youssoufou who flagged off the distribution in company with the Deputy Governor, Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu disclosed that all the IDP camps in the 32 communities would benefit from the donation.
Speaking at the event the Deputy Governor, expressed the state government’s heart-felt gratitude to the Chairman, Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote for his genuine concern towards the plight of IDPs in the State.
He recounted previous donations made by the richest man in Africa towards improving health care delivery and eradication of polio in the State.
“I am highly delighted to welcome Alhaji Aliko Dangote to Yobe State and also thank him for his laudable decision to donate relief materials including rice, spaghetti, noodles, salt, sugar, Dangote seasoning worth millions of naira to IDPs who have suffered untold hardship due to insurgency in the state. I wish to categorically state that Dangote Foundation has made previous donations towards great causes including eradication of polio in the state.”
He noted that with the restoration of peace and significant improvement in security across the North East especially in Yobe State, Dangote’s intervention could not have come at a better time as the gesture would help the returnees find their feet since most of the IDPs across various camps have not cultivated farmlands or engaged in activities to sustain their livelihood in the last 2 years.
Since Dangote Foundation commenced its intervention programme in the North East since July 2016 and has since donated 106 trailer load of food items worth 1.3 billion naira in Borno State. The Dangote Foundation will also be committing additional 2 billion naira in supporting government reconstruction efforts in the North East.