It is no longer news that a marauding band of herdsmen attacked the village of Dogo-Nahawa in the Jos area of Plateau state, leaving a trail of death in which victims, especially women and children were counted in hundreds. Of course, that was not the first time there would be carnage on the Plateau; serially in the last fifteen months, mayhem had erupted, leading to avoidable loss of lives and property.
Just as survivors nurse their wounds and pick up pieces of their lives, another crisis would erupt and the sceptre of carnage would be re-enacted. Palpable fear and a heavy shroud of insecurity has thus descended on the area. While leaders of various callings traded blames and proffered solutions, others who make it their business to always lend a helping hand where necessary moved into Southern Jos, distributing food, clothing, and other needed materials to persons displaced as a result of the crises.
One such is the Dangote Foundation, which moved in relief materials to the tune of N50 million. Some of the relief materials are blankets, clothing fabrics, lanterns, candles, cooking and stoves.
Folake Animumuney, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of Dangote Group, speaking for the foundation, said of the Jos effort:
â€œTo meet the first needs of the victims the Foundationâ€™s focus was on food clothing and shelter and to that end procured and delivered through the authorities millions of naira worth of Shaddah clothing as well as food items.
â€œThis is a gesture typical of the Dangote Foundation, to immediately mobilize to meet humanitarian needs from its stable of products. The foundation donated trailer loads of Noodles, Sugar, Danvita, Pasta, Tomato Paste amongst other items.â€
She added: â€œWe at the Dangote Group believe we have a responsibility to be our brothersâ€™ keepers and as such our various business units have come together to contribute to deliver to that responsibility. Our thoughts at this moment are with those displaced and we pray peace will return to Jos.â€
But that was not the first time that Dangote Group would lend a helping hand to the needy. Actually, it is corporate policy, and each of the business units in the conglomerate execute corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, all of which has now been consolidated under the Dangote Foundation, founded for that purpose. Some of the CSR programmes already carried out include the donation of N100m to Lagos State Security Trust Fund; a donation of N45m for the Red Cross Project in Kano. Unknown to many, the foundation virtually is responsible for Koranic education in Kano State as the huge sum of N378 million is made available annually for Kano Koranic Schools.
In the area of sports, the Dangote Foundation has equally been active. Last year, it donated N10m to Ikoyi Club, which was used on gates for the club , including its lawn tennis court, and golf course. Bigger beneficiaries include the Kwara State Football Academy, which got N45 million, andÂ theÂ Â Â Oceanic Bank Football Challenge with John Fashanu, which Dangote Foundation supported with N25 million.
Others include a grant of N3m to students for the advancement of Global Entrepreneurship; another grant of N10m for persons with disability Initiative, and N5m for EKO Summit.