L-R: Hadeel Ibrahim, Africa Center Trustee; Aliko Dangote, Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited and Chairman Aliko Dangote Foundation; Mo Ibrahim, Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Bill Gates, Founder Microsoft Corporation and Chairman Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Halima Aliko Dangote, President of the Center and Group Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited cutting the cake at the inaugural forum of The African Center in New York on Monday.

Dangote Foundation Empowers Women In Sokoto With Over N239m

The Aliko Dangote Foundation has empowered no fewer than 23, 990 women with N239.9 million in Sokoto state.

The foundation Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President

Dangote Group of Company, said the gesture is part of its Micro Grant Scheme.

“The Micro Grant Scheme is one component of the economic

empowerment programme of the Aliko Dangote Foundation,

aimed at complementing efforts of government.

“The programme was launched some few years ago and has

been systematically rolled out nationwide to reach 1,000

women in each local government area of the country.

“To ensure inclusiveness, the programme is executed in

partnership with state governments in order to complement

their drive for economic empowerment and poverty reduction,”

he said.

Dangote added that the foundation had in the last Ramadan

distributed more than N300 million worth of food to 106,000

beneficiaries across Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara

states.

“As a follow up to that intervention, we are here today to flag

up the second phase of our intervention of the micro grant

scheme.

“In Sokoto we are empowering 23, 990 women including 990

eligible women from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

camp in Rabah Local Government Area of the state.

“The 23, 990 vulnerable women identified by the state Zakkat

and Endowment Commission will be provided with the

unconditional cash grant of N10, 000 each.

“This is in order to burst their house hold income, which we

believe will reduce by half the vulnerability and meet their lively

hood need,” he added.

Dangote, while appreciating the state government, assured of

more partnership with the state’s Zakkat Commission and

donated N80 million to the commission’s N21.1 million non-

interest loan for women and vulnerable persons.

In his address Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, commended Dangote

and the foundation for the continued collaboration with the

state in many other areas of human development.

He expressed optimism that the beneficiaries would make

judicious use of the funds to reduce poverty and allow others

to benefit in the subsequent programme.

“However, I believe that the gesture is one of the best ways to

address poverty in the society, as such the state government

will continue to support such programmes.

“We will continue to welcome each and every individual,

corporate bodies and organisations who are willing and ready to

partner with the state in this endeavour,” he said.

The Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, represented by the

Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad-Mera, commended

Dangote for his support to the needy across the country.

Abubakar the beneficiaries to use the funds in raising their

standard of living, as well as making their families’ lives better.