As part of its humanitarian gesture, the Dangote Foundation has provided clothing and other materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State.
This is coming as the United Nations applauded the Foundation’s philanthropic stride in Africa.
Earlier, President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote had announced a staggering donation of N2 billion to the IDPs in Borno State.
The Foundation said thousands of clothing materials, blankets and shoes were delivered at the weekend to the displaced persons in Bama, Borno State.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State commended Mr. Dangote and said his Foundation’s contribution to helping the displaced out of difficulties is the biggest private sector intervention they have received so far.
The Governor said: “The people of Borno State will forever remain grateful for the generosity and large heart of Alhaji Aliko Dangote; and for his relentless assistance to our people during our time of need. Words are not enough to quantify the amount of gratitude we owe Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Our only prayer is for God to continue to bless and guide him.”
The event in Bama coincided with the celebration of the World Humanitarian Day.
The UN Assistant Secretary General, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Mr. Toby Lanzer, was also in Bama for the event.
Mr. Lanzer commended the efforts of Dangote Group in Africa, and specifically its support for the Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State.
Speaking at the event, Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Dangote Foundation Zouera Youssoufou said the intervention is in continuation of the Foundation’s assistance to the IDPs in the State.
She added that the Foundation has so far donated N800million worth of food items to support the feeding of IDPs since the month of Ramadan.