Dangote Foundation spends N6bn on IDP support
As part of its efforts towards alleviating and supporting the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the North East, particularly in Borno state, Dangote Foundation has expended over N6 billion towards the cause.
Zouera Youssoufou, chief executive officer of the foundation, said this when he received the platinum award from Kashim Shettima, the Borno State governor, for being the highest donor to the North East that has been plagued by humanitarian crisis caused by insurgency.
Presenting the award on behalf of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to the Dangote Foundation, the governor said that the Foundation has contributed positively towards reconstructing Borno State, as well as rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of the humanitarian crisis in the North East.
While congratulating the Foundation, the governor said that Aliko Dangote who is the president of the Dangote Group, had visited the State several times since the insurgency began. He described the president as ‘a friend indeed’.
Youssoufou said that Aliko Dangote is passionate about ensuring that IDPs returned to their homes in a peaceful environment, adding that the Foundation will continue to partner the government to achieve peace in the State.
She said the Northeast belongs to “all of us and we must support victims of insurgence”, further calling on journalists not to publish hate speeches capable of threatening the fragile peace and stability that is being enjoyed.
She also announced a donation of N5million to enable the NUJ rebuild its secretariat in Maiduguri.
National President of the NUJ Abdulwaheed Odusile thanked the Dangote Foundation for its gesture and added that the hosting of the NUJ Press Week this year, following the 2013 edition, was a pointer to the fact that peace has returned to Borno State.
He commended the awardees and urged them not to relent in their humanitarian gestures.
Speaking on the criteria used for the selection of the awardees, chairman of the Organizing Committee Umar Tahir said a rigorous process was followed before Dangote Foundation emerged the overall winner.
Chairman of the Borno State Council of the NUJ Baba Sheikh Haruna commended the Foundation for what he said would have been an embarrassing humanitarian crisis of monumental proportion.
Borno State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Professor Babagana Umara Zulun said the insurgency had destroyed over one million homes and government structures.
He thanked the Dangote Group for partnering with the Government of Borno State in the reconstruction effort.
Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali regretted the recent attacks on oil explorers but assured that the crisis will soon be over.
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