Dangote Foundation rolls out N15bn rice to 1m Nigerians for Ramadan

In the spirit of Ramadan, the Dangote Foundation has given 10kg bags of rice worth N15 billion to be handed to nearly one million underprivileged people nationwide.

Africa’s richest man and President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, kicked off the distribution in Kano on Saturday, stating that it was taking place simultaneously in Kano and Lagos.

Dangote stated that Kano would receive 120,000 bags, with the remaining bags distributed among the country’s 774 local government units.

He stated that the N15 billion gesture was intended to help the underprivileged in society.

“This initiatives is part of our response to the current economic challenges facing our nation and it is a testament to supporting our communities in line with our core values,” he said.

According Dangote, the goal of his foundation is to extend its reach across all the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory to ensure that, many Nigerians benefit from the gesture.

“This distribution of rice is another demonstration of our commitment of upholding the values of compassion and solidarity that are at the core of humanity,” he said.

He also said that the initiative is part of the existing and ongoing feeding programmes being carried out by the foundation to vulnerable people in Kano State which has been in existence over thirty years.

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf,in his address,commended Aliko Dangote’s humanitarian services and other interventions in Nigeria and across Africa.

Yusuf urged the committee in charge of the distribution to ensure that the targeted beneficiaries receive the gesture.

“This kindness, especially in this Holy Month of Ramadan, exemplified the spirit of unity, compassion and support that we must foster in our communities,” he said.

The Governor called on other philanthropists in the society to emulate the Dangote Foundation in touching lives of the people.

In her remarks,the Managing Director, Dangote Foundation, Mrs Zouera Yousoufu, informed the gathering that the foundation had spend millions of dollars in humanitarian services across Africa.

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