Dangote Feeds More Than 30,000 IDPs in Zamfara

New arrivals of Somalis displaced by the drought arrive at makeshift camps in the Tabelaha area on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia Thursday, March 30, 2017. Somalia's current drought is threatening half of the country's population, or about 6 million people, and is joined by similar hunger crises in South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria and Yemen, which together make up what the United Nations calls the world's largest humanitarian disaster in more than 70 years. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

The Aliko Dangote Foundation in yet another massive intervention officially launched a major philanthropic program in Zamfara State, on Monday doling out food items running into several millions of naira to support victims of the insurgency.

Group Executive Director Government Relations and Strategic Relations Mansur Ahmed who presented the food items on behalf of the Group President Aliko Dangote said the Foundation was supporting the government and traditional leaders in meeting the needs of the IDPs.

Only recently Mr. Dangote was rated the world’s 6th largest donors and Africa’s richest person for almost a decade. His Aliko Dangote Foundation has been endowed with a staggering $1.25billion. He was also listed by Forbes Magazine among the 75 people that make the world turn. Dangote Foundation had also injected over N7billion to create succor in North East in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Ahmed, an Engineer, said Mr. Dangote was very disturbed about the plight of the displaced persons and quickly directed that everything possible is done to provide succor. He said the company was building a 2000 ton capacity of rice mill in Maradun and that when completed this year it would create hundreds of job opportunities for the people of Zamfara State.

Victims at the IDP camp who recounted their ordeal described the crisis as the worst in the country in the past five years. They regretted that state has been neglected by the government and mainstream media.

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