After building a well-equipped secondary school valued at 120 million Naira, the Dangote Foundation announced its donation to a school in Lagos, as part of its interventionist’s programme to boost education.

The foundation has also offered annual free tuition to 250 indigent pupils.

Aliko Dangote, the Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, announced the donation at the inauguration and handing over of the school with well-equipped laboratories to Nawair-Ud-Deen Comprehensive College, Idi-Oro, Mushin.

“Aliko Dangote Foundation started in 1993 with the principle of `to whom much is given, much is expected’ and looking at the less privileged ones among us have compelled the foundation to provide some reliefs.

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“The four major goals of Aliko Dangote Foundation are education, health and nutrition, economic empowerment and disaster reliefs,” he said in a statement by Mr Tony Chiejina, the Head of Communications of the group.

He said his education mission was targeted at reducing the number of out-of-school children, supporting talented and underprivileged young children to achieve their full potential as well as educating girls and women on health-related issues.

According to him, apart from donating the school building, the foundation would sponsor 250 students whose parents might not be able to afford the yearly school fees.

Furniture for both teachers and the students as well as a sound-proof high capacity generator had been provided to ensure constant electricity in the school.

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“I have already authorised my foundation to come up with a strategic plan to implement a scholarship programme for desiring less privileged children in this community.”

According to him, over the past five years, the foundation has spent over four billion Naira in building of classrooms, scholarships, upgrading infrastructure across the various universities and behavioural change communication programmes targeted at girls and women.

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