Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), has doled out the sum of N10,000 to each of 16,000 women in all the 16 local governments area of Kwara State, aimed at helping them to boosting their petty trades and establishment of new businesses.
Speaking at the event in Ilorin, capital of the State, the Deputy Governor of the state, who stood in for the Governor, Abdulraham Abdulrasaq, lauded the Foundation’s empowerment programme and described it as part of the key economic tools needed to boost the socio-economic activities of the rural areas, and ultimately the state.
“This Aliko Dangote Foundation empowerment programme will impact positively on the socio-economic activity of our state. We are so pleased with this and cannot thank Aliko Dangote enough. We don’t want people to come and unnecessarily populate the urban areas, we want to encourage people to stay in the rural areas and add value to the respective lives and also to the state economy. This indeed is a noble gesture.”
Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Eng. Ahmed Mansur, who represented Aliko Dangote said: “to Aliko Dangote, whom much is given, much is expected. Dangote is being blessed by Allah and he enjoys sharing some of his blessings with the people around him. This investment in the rural areas will circulate well in this rural areas and also boost the economy of the state eventually…We are going to do this on all the local governments in Nigeria.”
The Managing Director and Chief executive of ADF, Zouera Youssoufou, explained that the empowerment programme is an ongoing activity of the Foundation and that while some Local Governments have been covered already, all rural women in the local governments, across the country will benefit from this noble gesture from Aliko Dangote.
“The focus is on women because we all need to note that once you support a woman, you are supporting the whole family and the multiplier effect of that will be very great… We have done several states in the past and today we are also doing for kwara, empowering 1,000 women for each of the 16 local governments in kwara. Each of the women gets 10,000 each, to be disbursed immediately and concluded within the next three weeks all across the state.”