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Dangote Foundation disburses N4.2 bln grants to over 400,000 women across Nigeria

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has disbursed a total of N4.2 billion to over 400,000 women across the country as part of its unconditional Micro Grant Programme to empowered rural areas women in Nigeria.

On Tuesday, the foundation empowered twenty thousand vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

Chairman of ADF, Aliko Dangote who was represented by the company’s Group Executive Director Government and Strategic Relations, Mansur Ahmed at the event said in Bauchi State, N200 million is being disbursed to vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas.

According to Africa’s top philanthropist, the unconditional micro grant is aimed at supporting the government efforts in empowering poor families in the State.

He said the Foundation had earmarked N10 billion to be disbursed to vulnerable women across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

Dangote said listed states that have also benefitted from the scheme as: Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Kwara state.

He said Osun, Edo, Ogun, Rivers, Anambra and Ebonyi States are next to benefit from the programme.

“The Micro-grants programme is one component of the Economic Empowerment pillar of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

“It provides disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a one-off, unconditional N10,000,00 cash transfer to boost their household income generation.

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“This we believe will help reduce their vulnerability and meet their livelihood needs,” he said. 

He said it is gratifying to note that majority of women who benefitted from the scheme have been able to grow the seed capital.

While thanking Aliko Dangote Foundation for coming to assist the vulnerable women in  Bauchi State,  Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad said he was very elated with ADF’s intervention across the country and especially in his state.

He expressed optimism that the intervention will support lives and livelihoods of women, children and families in Bauchi State.

 “Aliko Dangote is a beacon of hope for the Bauchi people. He has been creating not only business institutions at the highest levels but also touching lives at the lowest level.

“He seems to understand Nigeria more than some of us who are politicians. He’s supporting our mothers who will help put food on our tables and train their children in schools.

“We’ve just named the school of nursing and midwifery after him. This is to mark his huge contribution to our societies in Bauchi.”

“We are also using this opportunity to inform him that he should come and invest in Bauchi. We have the highest deposit of limestone in the country. We have the largest arable land and the largest forest. Bauchi is also very peaceful and secured,” Mohammed stated.

The Governor also presented a book to the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

The book was written over 100 years ago by Sheik Uthman Danfodio, and titled: ‘The Principle of Leadership.’

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