Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has described the President of the Dangote Group,

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, as a symbol of Borno and highest gift bestowed on Africa by God almighty.

The Governor also said the billonaire philanthropist and businessman has always identified with the State and the Northeast in general, describing his intervention as "unprecedented and gargantuan".

Shettima stated this on Monday at the commissioning of the Dangote Village, comprising of 200 housing units built by the Aliko Dangote Foundation in collaboration with the Borno State Government, for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

He said Dangote Foundation was the single, largest Nigerian organisation that gave the highest donation in support of the humanitarian situation in Borno and the entire Northeast.

“Alhaji Aliko Dangote is the single largest philantrophist in Africa, who has contributed so much to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Borno State.

"I am so glad that with this support and construction of this village to our IDPs, Dangote will now serve as permanent symbol in the State," he said.

While commending the Foundation for its critical intervention in the state, Governor Shettima also explained the criteria used for the selection of beneficiaries.

He said, “This 200 Housing Units Village will be a clear symbol of the critical interventions of the Aliko Dangote Foundation in Borno State”.

“The selection criteria for the 200 widows and beneficiaries for the houses, was strictly on the vulnerability and poverty index"

The Beneficiaries who are all widows and orphans, will have a 3 - bedroom villa each with a fish pond or poultry house and a space for a drift irrigation farming to enable them start a life.

The foundation also gave the widows N100,000 each as a start up capital.

The Housing Estate has a school built by the Borno State Government and a referral clinic to complement the Foundation's efforts.

President of Dangote Group, Alh. Aliko Dangote said his foundation has invested a whopping N7 billion for job creation in the Northeast States.

Dangote said the foundation invested the amount to create employment and to end hunger in the Northeast States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe affected by insurgency as well as Taraba State bedeviled with the herders crisis.

He said the foundation spent up to N2bn in Borno State alone for the construction of a 200 unit housing estate to those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

He said the foundation has been providing food items to people in the area since 2012.

“Since 2012, the Dangote Foundation, has been involved in strategic interventions in Borno State. Over N7 billion has been spent on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the North-East with Borno State as the major beneficiary," he disclosed.

Dangote commended Governor Shettima for his efforts and leadership, assuring that the foundation would continue to work with the State Government in different areas, particularly education.

“I commend the Governor, Kashim Shettima, who I have a lot of respect for on his strategic leadership that is manifest in key investments in infrastructure that can be compared to States like Lagos and others”.

“We will continue to support the State particularly in the areas of Education, which is key to tackling insurgency”.

Fatima Waziri Ibrahim, daughter to late Waziri Ibrahim also donated a fully equipped modern library to the Dangote village.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement in the state, Prof. Baba Gana Umara, commended the Dangote Foundation for its strategic relief projects in the State.

Prof Umara thanked the Dangote Foundation for providing all the building materials for the village project, which, he said will also help to facilitate the resettlement plans of the State covering areas like Bama, Gwoza and Konduga respectively.

Highlights of the event was the award of the certificate of ownership to the selected widows and the inspection of the village and facilities by Governor Kashim Shettima and Alhaji Aliko Dangote accompanied by members of the State executive council and senior officials of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

The Dangote Foundation has since 2012 carried out massive interventions in the North-East covering areas like healthcare, rehabilitation projects and the provision of feeding and relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons in States like Borno, Yobe, Adamawa amongst others.


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