In another rare gesture from a private sector operator to help government in the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in parts of the insurgency ravaged areas in the North East, the Aliko Dangote Foundation has concluded preparation to commission a multi-billion naira housing estate.
The Foundation in a statement said the commissioning of the 200 housing units for IDPs in Borno has been slated for later this month.
CEO of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou said this is coming even as the Foundation has also completed the construction of a state-of-the-art hostel in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
She said that the 10 block of hostel has the capacity to accommodate 1,440 students conveniently.
Youssoufou made the disclosure at an event in Maiduguri, Borno state.
She stated that the housing units is one of the many critical interventions the Foundation had mapped out for execution in the North Eastern part of Nigeria to restore life to the area and help IDPs live a normal life again.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State while reacting to this development said Dangote is the single largest benefactor of the IDPs after the federal and state governments.
The Governor stated that Dangote’s contribution does not only stop at feeding and clothing the IDPs which he has been doing over the years, it also stretches to resettling and rehabilitating them, a feat no other private organisation has been able to match.
Just recently the Aliko Dangote Foundation flagged off its 2018 Ramadan Food distribution in the state with the distribution of food items worth N150 million to some 200 households from Dalori Community in the state. The items include, Rice, Sugar, Salt, Spaghetti, Semolina, Wheat Meal, Maize and Millet.
On the 10 blocks of hostel constructed for the ABU, the Group executive director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communication of the Dangote Group, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, said the Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the chairman of the Foundation was not resting on his oars, as he plans to up his stakes in the act of philanthropy.
He said that the Ahmadu Bello University is the biggest university in sub-saharan Africa, and topped the 2018 ranking of Nigerian universities.
Mansur said no date has yet been fixed for the commissioning of the newly built 10-blocks of hostel and that Group has and would continue to contribute enormously to the educational sector in Nigeria.
He quoted Dangote as saying that Dangote Group had spent well over N4 billion in building classrooms, scholarship programmes and upgrading infrastructure across various University among others.
National president of the Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association, Professor Ahmed Tijani Mora who expressed gratitude for the students’ accommodation further described the President of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote as a dedicated philanthropist.
He said the intervention by the Foundation was crucial and timely as the University’s infrastructure was already overstretched.
It would be recalled that only recently, the Foundation donated a well-equipped secondary school valued at N120 million in Lagos.