DANGOTE FOUNDATION DONATES N120M TO FIGHT FAMINE IN NIGER
The President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has donated relief materials worth over N120 million to assist famine victims in Niger Republic. The donation of the items, which include 3,000 bags of sugar (50kg), 6,000 bags of flour (50kg), 3,000 bags of salt (50kg) and 30,000 cartons of Dangote noodles, was made through the Dangote Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dangote Industries Limited, West Africa's leading manufacturing conglomerate. This is the first time an individual would make an unsolicited donation to assist victims of a humanitarian crisis.
Alhaji Sada Ladan-Baki, an Executive Director in the Dangote Group, who made the donation on behalf of Dangote recently, said the gesture was in line with the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
"The relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republic is like that of brothers," he said. "We cannot sit back and watch our brothers suffer. It is in line with our corporate social responsibility that we are making this donation to alleviate the suffering of the people."
Explaining the significance of the aid materials, he said salt and water are good for oral rehydration therapy (ORT), noting that this will assist the victims of the famine to regain their health; while Dangote noodles will provide instant relief for the malnourished people. He also said flour, which is used to make bread, a staple food, and other snacks, is one of the easiest forms of food to prepare for victims of famine. Ladan-Baki, who expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for facilitating the donation, said the company will continue to reach out to people that require humanitarian aid.
While expressing gratitude to Dangote for the gesture, Col. Garba Maikido, one of the three Governors from Niger Republic present at the occasion, said such initiatives would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the people.
Growing famine in the Niger Republic has driven thousands of hungry Nigeriens south into some of Nigeria's northern states. Their food crisis has resulted in many women and children from Niger seeking shelter with local families. Aid agencies estimate that about seven million people in Niger - about half the population - face acute shortage of food.
Dangote Foundation also recently donated 3,000 cartons of spaghetti, 6,000 cartons of noodles and N50 million to the Jigawa State Government to alleviate the suffering of flood victims. The government commended Dangote for the donation, saying that it will help to meet the needs of the people. The flood has ravaged farmlands, destroyed houses and damaged infrastructure in the affected areas, which are prone to water-borne diseases, particularly cholera that is now spreading across some Northern states.
The Dangote Foundation had earlier donated $2 million, through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), to assist survivors of flood that ravaged Pakistan. The aid was made through the Dangote Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dangote Industries Limited, West Africa's leading manufacturing conglomerate.
The donation will provide life-saving food relief to the millions of Pakistanis whose lives have been affected by this disaster. It will also help with the logistics of the entire humanitarian community working to supply urgent food and other supplies to the estimated six million Pakistanis WFP is serving who have lost their homes and livelihoods due to the heavy monsoon rains that have hit the country.
In making the donation, the Dangote Group, whose activities include cement, sugar, salt, flour and pasta is staying true to its mission statement goals of providing the basic needs of Nigerians. The vision of the organisation is to be a world-class enterprise that is passionate about the quality of life of the general populace and high returns to stakeholders.
One of Dangote Foundation's guiding principles is to provide humanitarian relief to victims of natural and man-made disasters. In the past, the Dangote Foundation has provided relief materials and food to victims of civil strife in Nigeria. Since its establishment in 1993, it has worked to provide drinking water and health facilities in partnership with various Nigerian state governments and through grants to individuals and groups for health, education and economic development projects
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