Aliko Dangote, the Nigerian billionaire and president of Dangote Groups, announced on Monday that he would invest N2 billion to create jobs and end hunger for Borno State residents living in IDP camps.
Mr. Dangote, together with his daughter, made the announcement while visiting the Dalori and Bakassi IDP camps in Borno State. He said that his N2 billion would be spent on the IDPs so that the State government could provide social amenities to all State residents.
Mr. Dangote said "I am here to see the IDPs by myself. This is my first time to visit IDPs in Borno but I want to assure you that it will not be the last. We shall continue to work with the State government to make sure the IDP camps are hunger free."
Mr. Dangote also stated that his foundation would shoulder the costs of food for the IDPs during the Holy month of Ramadan.
"Like I said earlier when I visited the IDP camps, our partnership with Borno State aims to create jobs for our people. Also I assure you that the entire food for IDPs during Ramadan will be given by the Dangote Foundation to assist the State government," Dangote promised.
The Shehu of Borno, Umar Garbai Ibn Elkannemi, said thanked Mr. Dangote for his support and urged well-meaning Nigeria to mimic his gesture.
"To the best of my knowledge, you have just donated two billion naira to IDPs. With this contribution it will make IDPs smile I think this is highest donor that will come IDPs," the Shehu of Borno said.