Dangote Foundation at the weekend commenced the distribution of relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States.
The distribution programme, in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, is targeting a minimum of 5, 000 families in the three states. Managing Director of Dangote Foundation, Zuwaira Youssofu, assured the IDPs that the foundation will live up to its promise of supporting them, meeting them at their points of need, praying that their travails will soon be over.
According to her, “One of our foundation’s missions is to relief the sufferings of the people. We identify where the sufferings are and move aggressively to the area to ameliorate them.”
She said: “A special victims’ fund has been set up, which we have made a pledge to. Today, we are here in the context of Ramadan, just to let the internally displaced ones in Yola know that we remember them, and we are with them through this journey.
“We, the Dangote Foundation are distributing products like Dangote Spaghetti, Rice, DanQ Seasoning, Salt, Sugar and Blankets, to bring relief to the people in this camp. We are in Yola now, but we are targeting a minimum of 5,000 families in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. We are physically here in Yola to witness the distribution process. We are partnering with Like Mind, an NGO that volunteer to facilitate the distribution exercise
Coordinator of the NGO, Fatima Kiyari, lauded the foundation and prayed specially for the Chairman of the foundation, Aliko Dangote that “God will bless Aliko Dangote.
The number of lives he has been able to touch today is unbelievable, not to talk of other camps where distribution is going on in Yobe and Borno that are ten times bigger than the camps here,” she said. One of the recipients of the relief materials, Malam Ari Gwaza, also lauded the foundation’s philanthropic gesture and appealed to other notable Nigerians to emulate the good deeds of Dangote and use their wealth also for the poor.