Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), on Wednesday, empowered 16,000 rural women in the 16 local governments area of Kwara State.
Each of the 16,000 rural women was given N10,000, to help boost their petty trade or start new businesses.
A total of N160 million was given to the rural women at an event, which was held in Moro Local Government area of the State.
Deputy Governor of the state, who represented the Governor, Abdulraham Abdulrasaq, lauded the ADF empowerment programme, describing it as part of the key economic tools needed to boost the socio-economic activities of the rural areas, and ultimately the state.
He said: “This Aliko Dangote Foundation empowerment programme will impact positively on the socio-economic activity of our state. We are so pleased with this and cannot thank Aliko Dangote enough.
“We don’t want people to come and unnecessarily populate the urban areas, we want to encourage people to stay in the rural areas and add value to the respective lives and also to the state economy. This indeed is a noble gesture.”
Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Eng. Ahmed Mansur, who represented Aliko Dangote said the philanthropic gesture was meant to uplift rural women in the country.
“To Aliko Dangote, whom much is given, much is expected. Dangote is being blessed by Allah and he enjoys sharing some of his blessings with the people around him. This investment in the rural areas will circulate well in this rural areas and also boost the economy of the state eventually. We are going to do this on all the local governments in Nigeria,” he said.
Managing Director and Chief executive of ADF, Zouera Youssoufou, explained that the empowerment programme was an ongoing activity of the Foundation and that while some Local Governments had been covered already, all rural women in the local governments, across the the country would benefit from Aliko Dangote.
She said: “The focus is on women because we all need to note that once you support a woman, you are supporting the whole family and the multiplier effect of that will be very great.
“We have done several states in the past and today we are also doing for Kwara, empowering 1,000 women for each of the 16 local governments in Kwara. Each of the women gets N10,000, to be disbursed immediately and concluded within the next three weeks all across the state.”
it would be recalled that ADF recently launched a major philanthropic programme in Zamfara State, doling out food items running into several millions of naira to support victims of insurgency.
The farmers-herders clash and sporadic attacks by cattle rustlers have displaced thousands, many of whom are currently seeking refuge at Maradun Local Government Area of the State.
According to official reports over 3,000 people have been killed, about 100,000 displaced, of which about 30,000 are in Maradun LG, and over 500 people kidnapped.
Group Executive Director Government Relations and Strategic Relations Mansur Ahmed who presented the food items on behalf of the Group President Aliko Dangote said the Foundation was supporting the government and traditional leaders in meeting the needs of the IDPs.
Only recently Mr. Dangote was rated the world’s 6th largest donors, and Africa’s richest person for almost a decade. His Aliko Dangote Foundation has been endowed with a staggering $1.25billion. He was also listed by Forbes Magazine among the 75 people that make the world turn.
Dangote Foundation had also injected over N7billion to create succor in North East in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency.