Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has delivered over $3 million worth of aid to flood victims in northern Nigeria.
It was recently reported that the Presidential Relief and Rehabilitation Committee, chaired by Aliko Dangote, has just begun distributing 1.5 billion naira($3.3 million) worth of supplies to flood victims across the country.
The most recent distribution, led by Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Zulum, started in Maiduguri and Borno State.
The governor thanked the committee for its charitable work and promised that the relief supplies would reach the intended beneficiaries.
Items donated so far include: 6 bags of rice; 34 bags of beans; 34 bags of corn; 34 sacks of millet, 34 sacks of pearl grain; 34 bags of Gary; 86 packs of pasta. 86 packets of spaghetti, 86 packets of macaroni, and 86 packets of sugar; and 857 bags of cement, among other food and non-food items.
A statement from the committee said: “The representative of the Presidential Committee for Relief and Rehabilitation, headed by Dangote, Alhaji Omar Golani, assured stakeholders in the north-eastern region that the exercise will also take place in the country’s other five geopolitical regions.”
Gulani said the panel members have been formally handed over to the Borno state government and the National Emergency Management Agency.”
For his part, Golani recalled that since 2012 the Presidential Commission, chaired by Aliko Dangote, has disbursed more than N10 billion in aid to the displaced and disadvantaged across Nigeria.
“This private sector-led project is highly commendable and it has been sustained in the past 10 years. It is a selfless service from the private sector and Nigerians should appreciate their selfless service to humanity.” He added.
“The committee has spent more than N10 billion to mitigate the effects of the floods since its inception in 2012, adding that at least 84 houses have been built for flood victims in 24 states in Nigeria,” Golani said.
This bailout fund comes just days after Dangote’s net worth surpassed $1.5 billion.