The Aliko Dangote Foundation has empowered no fewer than 23,990 women with N239.9 million in Sokoto state.
The Chairman of the Foundation and President of Dangote Group of Company, Aliko Dangote said the gesture was part of its micro grant scheme to empower widows to be self relient in the country.
Mr Dangote said that the foundation had in the last month of Ramadan distributed over N300 million worth of food to 106,000 beneficiaries across Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara States.
“As a follow up to that intervention we are here today to flag up the second phase of our intervention, the micro grant scheme.
“In Sokoto we are empowering 23,990 women including the 990 eligible women from the Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) camp in Rabah local government area of the state.
“The 23,990 vulnerable women identify by the state Zakkat and Endowment Commission will be provided with the unconditional cash grant of N 10,000 each.
“This is in order to boost their house hold income, which we believe will half reduce the vulnerability and meet their lively hood need,” Dangote said.
While appreciating the state government, Dangote assured the them of more partnership with the state, Zakkat Commission and donated N80 million to the commission’s N 21.1 million non interest loan for women and vulnerable persons.
The Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, thanked Dangote and the foundation for the continued collaboration with the state in many other areas of human development.
“We pray that the beneficiaries of today’s gesture will applied it judiciously for them to move upward out of poverty and allow others to benefit in the subsequent program.
“However, I believe that the gesture is one of the best way to address poverty among the society, as such the state government will continue to support such type of skills,” he added.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, represented by the Emir of Argungu Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad-Mera, commended Dangote for his support to the needy across the country.
The Emir said he believed the gesture would go a long way in reducing hardship among women through improvement in their economic well being.
He urge the beneficiaries to use the opportunity to improve their living standard and that of their family for sustainable development.