Dangote Targets Something Else In Africa
The Chairman of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, does not only want to be know as the richest man in Africa, but as the biggest philanthropist on the continent.
If you have not benefited from him, get prepared for yours may just be coming.
Dangote announced this new target on Wednesday in Lafia while disbursing 130 million Naira 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,” he said.
The disbursement was done under his foundation which was started in 1993, which, according to him, was meant to improve the lives of the less fortunate and make a positive difference in the growth of Nigeria.
He said the four major goals of the foundation were health and nutrition, education, economic empowerment and disaster relief.
The grant scheme was one of the components of the economic empowerment programme of the foundation.
According to Dangote, the grant would provide disadvantaged and vulnerable women in the country with a one-off unconditional 10,000 Naira 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 Nigeria.
“It is estimated that we would spend about 10 billion Naira 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 added.