…builds multi-million Naira hostel for ABU
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
The commissioning of the 200 housing units for IDPs in Borno which has
been slated for later this month according to the CEO of Aliko Dangote
Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou is coming even as the Foundation has also
completed the construction of a state-of-the-art hostel in Ahmadu Bello
The 10 block of hostel has the capacity to accommodate 1,440 students
Mrs. Youssoufou who made the disclosure at an event in Maiduguri, Borno
state 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 Mr. Dangote is the single largest benefactor of the IDPs after the
Federal and state governments.
The Governor stated that Mr. 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 organization 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.
The Ahmadu Bello University is the biggest university in sub-saharan
Africa, and topped the 2018 ranking of Nigerian universities.
Engr. 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 Mr. 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.
“We have just recently commissioned the Dangote Business School in Kano,
the only Business School in Nigeria that is well equipped. We will also be
commissioning similar projects in University of Ibadan, we have done quite
a lot in the education system and we are looking to do more.
“Investing in the young people to us means, we are all working together to
build a better Nigeria. In equipping Nigeria youths and prepare them for
the 21st century challenges, we established the Dangote Academy in Kogi
State, which provide specialized training and management skills for the
youths particularly considering the large man power needed in the
manufacturing industries,” he said.