Dangote: The Super Ambassador And African Custodian

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By Zahradeen Abubakar Kano, Muhammad Bashir

Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Concerned and impressed by the level of zealousness and benevolence Alhaji Aliko Dangote has towards promoting not only his clan or Kano people, but also Nigeria in general, it is now believed that Nigeria had for years never had a white-coloured heart person like him.

Dangote, a resolute person, most courageous in many terms and a person with solid refulgence, had won hundreds of thousands of accolades around the world – and has been held in awe by million souls.

He’s verily a rare glowing sunlight that brightens all angles in the African continent and execute projects in favour of the residents or dwellers of different lands.

Read the opinion below to understand why Alhaji Aliko Dangote must be addressed as ‘The Super Ambassador And African Custodian’.

Dangote: The Super Ambassador And African Custodian

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the most richest businessman in the African continent has always been the unbeatable hero and a champion, not only in running businesses and earning coins – he saves many lands and communities through creating millions of job opportunities to people from different walk of life within Africa and other continents in the world.

Dangote, a Kano state citizen (a region in northern Nigeria) and a philanthropist, has for long been providing solutions to many complex problems in his domain and other places he operate businesses – and for that, he decided to in the year 1994 established a private charitable foundation and named it ‘Dangote Foundation’.

Dangote Foundation, a solid and we’ll designed non-profitable organization had a beautiful mission of enhancing excellent opportunities for social change through strategic investments that
improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden
economic empowerment opportunities – and that has undoubtedly made Dangote Foundation the best and most strongest mental wall to lean upon amongst souls.

Dangote Foundation, a 26 years old Foundation has become the largest private Organization in sub Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor – and has never been a recorded case of lassitude or frazzle by the stamped HERO and AFRICANS’ SUPER AMBASSADOR, Aliko Dangote.

First Objectives of ADF

The primary focus of Aliko Dangote Foundation according to officials, was first child nutrition, with wraparound interventions centered on health, education and empowerment, and disaster relief. The Foundation also supports stand-alone projects with the potential for significant social impact.

The Foundation works with state and national governments and many highly
reputable international and domestic charities, non-governmental organisations and international agencies to advance its humanitarian agenda.

In one of its biggest collaboration to date, Aliko Dangote Foundation started
working in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and key
northern State Governments in Nigeria from 2013 to eradicate polio and
strengthen routine immunization in Nigeria – and that brings another goal of the foundation.

Health – Improving Health

One of the most disturbing health issues in African region and Nigeria has always been Polio, ADF has put many strategies to curtail the ailment and has given it a Slogan ‘Polio Eradication & Routine Immunization – Northern Nigeria:

Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
partnered to eradicate polio in Nigeria by strengthening primary health care
and making provisions for routine immunization across Northern Nigeria.

The initial project commenced in Kano and Bauchi states. In January 2016,
Sokoto, Yobe, Kaduna and Borno States were added to the partnership.
Total spend = Over USD 10Million
Primary Healthcare Centres – Kano & Yobe States:

To complement government’s effort in providing access to quality healthcare
services to the Nigerians at the grassroot, ADF has spent a total of N127million in the construction of units of Primary health care centres across Local Government Areas in Kano (N72million) and Yobe (N55million) states.

In Kano, the Primary Healthcare Centers, PHCs, were built across Fagge, Kano
Municipal, Kura, Gwale, Bichi, Dala and Gezawa Local Government Areas while
in Yobe the Foundation built the PHCs in Gujba and Gulani Local Government
Areas.

The Primary Healthcare Centers have been completed and have since been
delivered and handed over to the respective states government for utilization.

Majorly, Dangote Foundation has kick started a giant project of constructing a world class multipurpose block at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano – fully funded by the Foundation, well furnished and with high-tech facilities – it is believed to be the number one best healthcare facility in the whole West African region.

All the facilities were built in accordance with the Type 2 Model of the newly
revised minimum standards for Primary Healthcare Centers in Nigeria as
approved by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Abuja.

Water and Sanitation – North:

In line with its efforts of providing portable water supply to rural communities due lack of hygienic and portable water, Aliko Dangote Foundation has constructed more than 220 units of handpump boreholes in 220 rural communities across Northern Nigeria to complement its polio eradication and other health initiatives.
Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano – Kano State:
The Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, Kano (MMSH) is the largest
government owned hospital in northern Nigeria with over 1.5 million patient
visits per annum and growing. The Foundation is building 3 new specialist
units covering maternity, accident & emergency and surgery & diagnostics, as well as improved water supply, drainage, and electricity systems.

The Foundation’s intervention also includes the supply and installation of critical equipment, tools, fittings, and consumables for the operations of the new builds, as well as capacity development within the affected departments and units on the use of these elements.

In March 2017, the Foundation handed over the completed renovation works
for 9 existing maternity wards (complete with new mattresses, bedding and
furniture, as well as vital medical equipment and aids), a new blood bank and laboratory, 2 new boreholes, and medical supplies as part of a temporary
assistance pending the completion of the main works.

Total Project Cost = N7 Billion
Nutrition Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition Programme, ADFIN:
In 2016, Aliko Dangote Foundation announced its intention to launch a
community-based nutrition program. Using proven interventions linked to
behaviour change, fortification of staple foods with essential micronutrients the community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) as well as local
production of nutrition ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF) and nutrition
foods.

In 2017, the Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote announced the
new flagship programme for the Foundation; the US$100 million Aliko
Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition programme at the 2017 UN Global
Nutrition Summit.

“Nigeria’s high malnutrition rate is undermining progress towards improving child health and survival and putting the brakes on economic development,” said Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

“By investing in nutrition, we aim to directly improve the lives of Nigerian families and to empower our citizens to reach their full potential.” “The global malnutrition crisis endangers the physical and mental wellbeing of present and future generations” said Kofi Annan, speaking at the summit in his capacity as Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

“Progress in tackling both undernutrition and obesity is possible with targeted
commitments, like those made here today. We need further urgent investments so that people, communities and nations can reach their full potential.” With this US$100 Million commitment, the Aliko Dangote
Foundation will promote scalable and cost-effective nutrition interventions
such as breast feeding, healthy sanitation practices, disease prevention, food fortification and supplementation. These activities complement other long term programs on education, empowerment, food security, water, sanitation and health care.

“We recognize nutrition as a cross-cutting issue which affects other critical development goals, that is why nutrition has become our core focus. We want to reach one million malnourished children in Nigeria by 2021 and we know that for every dollar invested in nutrition, the nation as a whole will reap huge economic dividends,” said Aliko Dangote

Feeding Programme – Kano
The Foundation currently runs a daily feeding programme, feeding
approximately 10,000 people in and around Kano metropolis – and that according to the Foundation accumulates the sum of N1.2 billion per annum.

Banking on Nutrition – International

The Foundation made a contribution of US$1 million towards a collaboration
with AfDB and Big Win Philanthropy on Malnutrition in Africa that will boost
economic returns from the AfDB’s US $33-billion investment portfolio by
reprogramming suitable investments in sectors ranging from agriculture to
education, to generate nutritional benefit for children.

End Malaria Council

The End Malaria Council was convened on the sidelines of the 2017 UNGA,
by 9 founding members to which Aliko Dangote is one, as Nigeria’s global
malaria ambassador and Africa’s most successful private sector leader.
Members of the End Malaria Council will work in collaboration with the Roll
Back Malaria Partnership and other key partners to help countries and
regions achieve their malaria control and elimination goals. Using their
voices and networks to support the work already underway by malaria field
workers, scientists and experts by focusing on three areas: building political will, mobilizing resources and supporting the development of new tools to find, prevent and treat malaria. Spend: US$100,000.00

Africa Business Coalition for Health, ABC-Health

In September 2017, Aliko Dangote Foundation partnered with Global
Business Coalition for Health (GBCHealth) to build African Business Coalition for Health. Building on the leadership, reputation and convening power of the Aliko Dangote Foundation and the experience, reputation and global reach of GBCHealth, the African-led coalition of companies and
philanthropists will seek to improve the health and wellbeing of Africans both within the workplace and within the broader communities.

The partnership will develop and scale impactful health programs across Africa, deepening knowledge, building eveidence for future investment and
strengthening coordination among African philanthropists, business leaders, companies and local business networks.

The coalition will have five primary objectives over its first three years:

– Incubate partnerships on priority health programs to enhance and accelerate results.

– Work directly with companies to optimize workplace and community
health programs.

– Advocate for policies and initiaties that drive system-level changes.

– Create a hub of data and insights specific to Africa and African
business.

– Curate leadership events to convene and drive action around common
health issues across sectors.

The ABC-Health was formally launched in February 2019 in Addis Ababa. The
program will kick off in Nigeria and roll out through business regions in
Africa and beyond over the next three years. Spend: US$1,500,000

Clinton Health Access Initiative, CHAI:
Aliko Dangote Foundation funded the pilot test of the Seasonal Malaria
Chemoprevention, SMC, undertaken by Clinton Health Access Initiaive, CHAI, in
select Local Government Areas in Northern Nigeria. Spend = USD $500,000.00

Education

Universities – Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University Kano; Kano
State University of Science & Technology, Wudil; University of Ibadan
Aliko Dangote Foundation has supported the Infrastructural improvement to
a number of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeriaf including;

➢ Construction of a N1.2 Billion Dangote Business School, Bayero
University Kano, Kano state

➢ Construction of a N1.2 Billion Dormitories in Ahmadu Bello University,
Zaria, Kaduna state

➢ Construction of Dormitories and provision of power supply to Kano
University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano State at the cost of
N500 Million

➢ Construction of Dormitories in Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun
State

➢ Construction of Aliko Dangote Complex within the premises of
University of Ibadan Business School, Ibadan, Oyo state

➢ construction of school blocks at Nawair-ud-deen Comprehensive
College, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos at the cost of N120 Million

Economic Empowerment

Dangote Micro-Grants Programme:
The Aliko Dangote Foundation Micro-grant programme is a N10 Billion
programme designed to provide a N10,000 one-off grant to at least 1,000
vulnerable women, and in some cases, youths, in each of the 774 LGAs across
Nigeria. it is national programme launched in Kano in 2011 and is being
systemically rolled out across the country. The programme is being
implemented in partnership with states government to complement their
respective poverty alleviation drive across the country.

So far, far, the sum of N3.345 Billion has been disbursed to women across Kano,
Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Lagos, Niger and Nasarawa States as
follows:

➢ Kano – 88,000 women benefitted from the sum of N880 Million.

➢ Jigawa – 27,000 women benefitted from the sum of N270 Million.

➢ Kogi – 22,000 women benefitted from the sum of N220 Million.

➢ Adamawa – 31,500 women and youth benefitted from the sum of N315
Million.

➢ Borno – 54,000 Women and youth benefitted from the sum of N540
Million.

➢ Yobe – 34,000 women and youth benefitted from the sum of N340
Million.

➢ Lagos – 40,000 women benefitted from the sum of N400 Million.

➢ Niger – 25,000 women benefitted from the sum of N250 Million.

➢ Nassarawa – 13,000 women benefitted from the sum of N130 Million.

➢ Sokoto – 23,990 women benefitted from the sum of N239.9 Million.

A mobile phone/bank cards to start up or improve their income generating
activities were also added to the grants in some of the states as a delivery
mechanism for the funds in partnership with the respective State and Local
Governments and mobile money/bank operators.

The Board of the Foundation has already approved for the programme to
implemented across Edo, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states this year.

Dangote Foundation-Bank of Industry Fund Aliko Dangote Foundation and the Bank of Industry (BOI) set up a N10 billion micro, small and medium enterprises, (MSMEs) fund, with a N5 billion initial provision to create one million direct jobs. The Aliko Dangote Foundation committed N2.5 billion to the Fund, while BOI also contributed a matching fund of N2. 5 billion to launch the Fund, which is used for lending to identified groups/business owners in the informal sector of the economy in the six geo-political zones in the country. The money will be used as takeoff investment and working capital to support their businesses.

The first phase of the project is expected to impact directly on up to 13,000 registered business groups in
the entire country. Each group will have an average of 20 entrepreneurs, thus
impacting the lives of up to 250,000 micro-entrepreneurs, through job
creation, spread across all six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

Disaster Relief

Dangote Housing Estate – Maiduguri
In continuation of its efforts to rehabilitate and resettle the Internally
Displaced People in the Northeast, Nigeria, the Aliko Dangote Foundation
commissioned 200 Housing Units of the Dangote Village Housing Estate for
the Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri, Borno State, with Award
Letters issued to the chosen beneficiaries – mostly widows with dependents.

In support of this laudable action by the Foundation, the State Government
made provision for each family to be given economic empowerment tools to
sustain their livelihood adding a fully functional school and a clinic to cater
for the residents of the estate.
In addition to the hosues, ADF also provided the following as additional
supports:

– A cash grant of N100,000.00 to each of the 200 Widows that benefitted from the Housing units.

– Undertake to support with the Operational costs of the school within
the estate for the next five (5) years.

– To continue to support the State Government with its Schools
Reconstruction Efforts across the state.

The building materials donated by the Foundation were also used in
reconstructing other infrastructures in Bama, Gwoza and Konduga LGAs
across the state.

For the past seven years, the Foundation has spent over N7 Billion in the
course of feeding, clothing and the general welfare of the Internally
Displaced Persons in the Northeast.

Response to Markets Fire Disaster in Kano State

In response to the unfortunate fire incidents that ravaged the 4 major markets in Kano State in 2017, the Kano State Government set up a fund raising
committee to raise funds and assist the victims of the disasters.

At the fund raising event in Kano, the Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote made a pledge of the sum of N500 Million on behalf of the Foundation.

The Foundation subsequently presented a Cheque for N500 Million to the
Governor of the State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in fulfilment of its earlier
pledge in November 2017.

Ile-Ife Humanitarian Intervention
Further to the passionate appeal made by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, to Aliko Dangote Foundation to support the victims of the unfortunate communal clash between the Hausa and Yoruba communities in Ile-Ife, Osun State, that resulted to the loss of lives and property, the Foundation intervened by compensating the victims of the disaster with the monetary value of what each victim lost to the tragedy. In liaison with the Ooni of Ife and the Sarkin Hausawa of Ife, a total of 220 victims were identified and a cash donation was given to each.

Individual cheques were handed out
to each beneficiary during a ceremony at the Ooni’s palace on Monday, July
10, 2017 in Ile-Ife.

Ebola Response

During the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Aliko Dangote
Foundation directly supported the Nigerian government’s Ebola containment efforts through strategic investments that built the resilience and
strengthened Nigeria’s health system in a manner expected to endure
beyond the Ebola crisis period. These interventions include:

1. Provision of funding for the establishment of the National Ebola
Emergency Operations Centre (EEOC) in Yaba, Lagos.

2. Provision of 12 units of Thermal Cameras across Nigeria’s International
Airports with training for 160 staff/personnel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Port Health Services Department, on the use of the Thermal
Cameras.

3. Provision of W.H.O-certified Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs,
against Ebola.

4. Donation of US $3 Million donation to support Africa Union’s intervention
against Ebola in West Africa, and

5. Complete logistics support for the returnee volunteers on Ebola
intervention across countries ravaged by Ebola and for that the foundation has spent over N906 Million

Special Grants/ Programmes
Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria, FOMWAN Mosque Project

Sequel to a request by the national leadership of the Federation of Muslim
Women’s Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN to Alhaji Aliko Dangote to support the completion of its National Mosque in Abuja, the Foundation took over and completed the construction of the mosque project. The completed mosque was handed over to the association in November 2017.
Spend: N100 million

Nigerian Army 65 Battalion, Bonny Cantonment Central Mosque & Islamic
School Projects

The Nigerian Army 65 Battalion Bonny Cantonment, Lagos equally requested
the assistance of Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the completion of its Central Mosque
and Islamic School projects. The Foundation took over and completed both projects in 2017. The projects have been handed over to the leadership of the cantonment. Spend: N19 million

Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) Award

In recognition of Aliko Dangote Foundation’s efforts in alleviating the suffering of the internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Borno State Council, honoured the Aliko Dangote Foundation with a Merit Award at the occasion of its Combined Press Week Celebration in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The National President of the NUJ alongside the Grand Patron of the association, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State presented the award to the Foundation.

The MD/CEO of the Foundation, Mrs. Zouera Youssoufou represented the Chairman and received the award on behalf of the Foundation. Other recipients of awards at the occasion were the Federal Ministry of Defense and the United Nations Populations Funds, UNFPA, for their contribution to the Humanitarian crises in the Northeast.

2019 Humanitarian Crisis in the Northwest:

In response to the the security situation in the Northwestern states of
Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina that resulted in the displacement of many across the four states, the Aliko Dangote Foundation has undertaken an
emergency intervention to provide succor to the numerous victims of the
crisis. Distribution of food items is currently on-going across the four states
by the Foundation where a total number of 106,000 bneficiaries are targeted.

International Interventions

1. Children of Africa Foundation – Cote d’Ivore – USD 750,000.00, the
Foundation supported building and equipping of Children’s hospital in
Abidjan. In 2018, the Foundation gave additional grant to support the
operation costs of the hospital.

2. Grand Heart Foundation – Chad (USD 25,000.00)

3. ONE Campaign (USD 250,000.00)
4. WEF Young Global Leaders (CHF 390,000.00 annually)

5. Emergency response to meningitis outbreak in Niger Republic (USD 500,000.00)

6. Donation of mobile clinics to serve 5 counties in Kenya (USD 575,000.00)

7. Emergency response to victims of earthquake in Nepal (USD 1 Million)

8. Global Business Coalition for Education (USD 60,000.00 Annually)

9. Sustainable Development Goal – Center for Africa – USD 2 Million

10. Obama Foundation – USD 5 Million

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