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Dangote Foundation Initiates N4.2b Projects In Kano

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Dangote Foundation has estimated it’s current philanthropic activities in support of the Kano State Government at N4.2 billion.

Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

A breakdown of the figure, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, shows that the sum of N1.2 billion is spent annually on a feeding project, a special purpose vehicle designed to reduce hunger and extreme poverty among the down trodden in the state.

Youssoufou who spoke at a meeting with the state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, during a working visit to Kano, explained that her team came to monitor on-going projects being undertaken by the Foundation. The visit was also to assess the various stages of completion of the projects, while ensuring that they conform to design and expectations of the people for which they are meant.

She assured the governor that Dangote Foundation, being a global institution, would ensure that all projects are of international standard, adding that some of the projects are being redesigned in line with new developments and realities.

According to Youssoufou, the Foundation’s Micro-Grant programme for empowerment of women and other vulnerable groups in the state has gulped about N880 million, out of which 88,000 women have so far benefitted. The Animal Traction Programme executed through a Revolving Loan to farmers, she added, has cost the Foundation N160 million.

In the areas of provision of clean water, the CEO explained that the Dangote Foundation is constructing borehole facilities for 220 communities across the 44 Local Government Areas of the State at the cost of N110 million.

So far, she stressed, the first set of 66 boreholes across six LGAs have being completed for use of the people in the areas.

While extolling the developmental strides of the Kano State Government, she expressed happiness that the collaboration between Dangote Foundation and Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation on Routine Immunisation and Polio Eradication in the state has turned out fruitful.

On the partnership, Youssoufou disclosed that Dangote Foundation contributed over N600 million to strengthen Routine Immunisation and Primary Health Care over the last three years. In addition, about N72 million worth of contracts have been awarded to construct 11 units of Primary HealthCare Centres across 11 Local Government Areas of Kano State.