KANO—The Dangote Foundation has so far spent about N4.2 billion on its philanthropic works supporting the Kano State government, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the foundation, Zouera Youssoufou has said.
Of this amount, N1.2 billion was spent annually on a feeding project, a special purpose vehicle designed by the foundation to reduce hunger and extreme poverty among the down trodden in the state.
The CEO spoke at a meeting with the state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, during a working visit to Kano State.
He, however, commended its founder, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the management for their interest in seeing that the state was transformed in line with the policy direction of the government.
Youssoufou explained that her mission to Kano was to monitor the various ongoing projects being undertaken by the foundation to assess their stages of completion and ensure they were in conformity with design and expectation of the people they were meant for.
She assured the governor that Dangote Foundation as a global institution would ensure that all the projects were of international standard, adding that some of the projects were being redesigned in line with new developments and realities.
According to Youssoufou, the Foundation’s Micro-Grant pogramme for empowerment for women and other vulnerable groups in the state had gulped about N880 million, with 88,000 women so far benefiting while the Animal Traction Programme executed through a revolving loan to farmers, had cost the Foundation about N160 million.
In the areas of provision of clean water, the CEO explained that the foundation had contracted out the construction of borehole facilities for 220 communities across the 44 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state at the cost of N110 million.
Meanwhile, the first set of 66 boreholes across six local LGAs have been completed for the use of the people of the areas.