Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Dangote Groups of Company, Alh Aliko Dangote

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Dangote Groups of Company, Alh Aliko Dangote, has said that his desire is not to be the richest African, but to be the biggest philanthropist.

Dangote said this at the disbursement of N250m to 250, 000 vulnerable women at the occasion that took place at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Thursday.

The richest African man said that the Aliko Dangote Micro-Grants Programme is aimed at empowering one million Nigerians across the 774 LGA’s of the federation which is expected to gulp the sum of N10b.

According to him, the foundation which started in 1993 was aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians.

He said that, health and nutrition, education, economic empowerment through micro businesses as well as the provision of disaster relief materials were among the programme of the foundation.

The chairman added that he was happy to see that he was supporting the livelihood of the vulnerable in the country.

To him, his effort was to compliment state governments’ support in reducing poverty and improving the social and living standard of the people.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello appreciated the support by Alh Dangote for agreeing to support the women with seed monies to start and sustain petty businesses.

“Your comparison, humility, philanthropic gesture and desire to touch the lives of the ordinary African is legendary is laudable,” he said.

Governor Bello added that the monies collected by these vulnerable women have the capacity to change their lives.

“On our part as a responsible government, we placed women and youths empowerment on the front burner of our priorities.

“We recognized that it is only when we consciously develop the economic status of our women and the less privileged through some form of financial support that we are reducing extreme poverty”.

He said the government has created a number of incentives-based empowerment initiatives like the change youths and women skills acquisition empowerment programmes that have improved the living standard and changed the economic status of women and youths in the state.