-Alhaji Aliko Dangote said he hopes to continue to shape Nigeria for the better
– The richest man in Africa said he wants to be known as the
– 13,000 vulnerable and less privileged women received grants
from his foundation
Africa’s richest man and Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko
Dangote, has said that he would like to be known as the biggest
philanthropist on the continent.
Dangote stated this on Wednesday in Lafia while disbursing N130
million micro grant to 13,000 vulnerable and less privileged
women in Nasarawa State.
“I do not only want to be known as Africa’s richest man but the
biggest philanthropist in Africa. I will continue to use my resources
and my voice to help shape a better Nigeria and Africa as a whole,”
Dangote said he started the foundation in 1993 to improve the lives
of the less fortunate and make a positive difference in the growth of
He said the four major goals of the foundation were health and
nutrition, education, economic empowerment and disaster relief.
He explained that the grant scheme was one of the components of
the economic empowerment programme of the foundation.
Dangote said it was aimed at providing disadvantaged and
vulnerable women in the country with a one-off unconditional
N10, 000 cash transfer to boost their household income generation.
” This we believe will help their vulnerability and meet their
livelihood needs,” he added .
He explained that the programme, which was launched a few years
ago, was targeted at a minimum of 1,000 women in each of the 774
local government areas across the country.
“It is estimated that we would spend about N10 billion with some
states with a large population getting a little bit more.
“We at Aliko Dangote foundation are happy to continue providing
support to the most vulnerable and deserving members of the
society across the country,” he said.
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