Africa’s foremost industrialist and president of the Dangote conglomerate, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, weekend announced a donation of N430 million to victims of flood disaster and women empowerment in Kogi State.
Kogi State hosts one of Dangote’s cement factories believed to be one of the largest in the world.
The state also hosts Dangote Academy of Learning and Development where young local talents are trained to boost the manpower needs of the nation’s industries.
At a ceremony attended by top government functionaries in the Kogi State capital Lokoja, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said the contribution given through his Dangote Foundation, was meant to complement effort of the government in providing relief materials to victims of flood disaster and resettling them as soon as possible.
He said N50 million worth of foodstuff and relief materials would be donated, while N150 million would be given in cash. He also said N230 million would be distributed to women to boost economic activities in the state.
In a similar donation, last year, the Dangote Foundation gave out N600 million for the economic empowerment of women in Kano State.
In his speech titled: Lending a helping hand, Dangote said he was seriously touched by the pain and grief the victims were passing through, saying it had led to loss of lives, property and may lead to spread of diseases and epidemics.
“Obviously, the government alone cannot shoulder this onerous responsibility of bringing relief to the victims.
The private sector and public-spirited individuals should join hands with the government to assist the victims of this national disaster that has ravaged about 21 states of the federation,” he said.