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Aisha Yesufu Goofed, Here’s How Dangote Helped Vulnerable Nigerians

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Social commentator and activist, Aisha Yesufu has ignited controversy on social media, after tagging business magnate, Aliko Dangote, as a man who’s rich with a poor mentality.

Social Commentator and activist, Aisha Yesufu

Her criticism followed recent news reports that Dangote petitioned the Federal Ministry of Trade, seeking the shutting down of BUA Sugar refinery.

Reacting to one of the reports, confused and misinformed Yesufu wrote: “Dangote might be the richest man in Africa, he has the scarcity mentality of a poor person.”

But below are what you should know…

Yesufu’s comment attracted wild reactions, as many social media users threw their caution in the air, alleging how the business tycoon has not been helpful to average Nigerians. But unaware to many people, Dangote has not only exercised his business prowess in the past years, but he has also pushed to fore his love for humanity, putting billions of dollars to work for the sake of people’s comfortability in and outside the shores of Nigeria.

Founded in 1994, Dangote Foundation has since been serving as a conduit pipe through which Dangote demonstrates his course for humanity. With the mission of enhancing opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities, Dangote Foundation has impacted millions of people positively. And as a result, the foundation has become the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa with the largest endowment by a single African donor.

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Some of Dangote’s goodwill:

Polio projectsDangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnered to eradicate polio in Nigeria by strengthening primary health care and making provisions for routine immunization across Northern Nigeria. The initial project commenced in Kano and Bauchi states.

Dangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnered to eradicate polio in Nigeria

In 2016, Sokoto, Yobe, Kaduna, and Borno States were added to the partnership. In 2019, the partnership was extended to the Republic of Chad. As seen in a document exclusively obtained by Newsrand, the total money spent on the project was $10 million.

Primary healthcare centres – In a bid to complement the government’s effort in providing access to quality healthcare services to Nigerians at the grassroot level, Dangote Foundation spent a total of N127 million in the construction of units of Primary health care centres across Local Government Areas in Kano (N72 million) and Yobe (N55 million) states.

In Kano, the primary healthcare centers were built across Fagge, Kano Municipal, Kura, Gwale, Bichi, Dala and Gezawa Local Government Areas while in Yobe the foundation built the healthcare centres in Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas.

The Primary Healthcare Centers have been completed and have since been delivered and handed over to the respective state government for utilisation. All the facilities were built in accordance with the Type 2 Model of the newly revised minimum standards for primary healthcare centers in Nigeria as approved by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA).

Water and sanitation – In line with its efforts of providing potable water supply to rural communities, the Aliko Dangote Foundation constructed no less than 220 units of handpump boreholes in 220 rural communities across Northern Nigeria. Amongst other things, this project was also launched to complement the foundation’s polio eradication and other health initiatives.

Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano – The Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, Kano (MMSH) is the largest government-owned hospital in northern Nigeria with over 1.5 million patient visits per annum and growing. The foundation was building three new specialist units covering maternity, accident & emergency, and surgery & diagnostics, as well as improved water supply, drainage, and electricity systems. The foundation’s intervention also includes the supply and installation of critical equipment, tools, fittings, and consumables for the operations of the new builds, as well as capacity development within the affected departments and units on the use of these elements.

In March 2017, the foundation handed over the completed renovation works for nine existing maternity wards (complete with new mattresses, bedding, and furniture, as well as vital medical equipment and aids), a new blood bank and laboratory, two new boreholes, and medical supplies as part of a temporary assistance pending the completion of the main works. This project gulped N7 billion.

Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition Programme (ADFIN) – In 2016, the foundation announced its intention to launch a community-based nutrition program. Using proven interventions linked to behaviour change, fortification of staple foods with essential micronutrients, the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), as well as local production of nutrition Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) and nutrition foods.

In 2017, Dangote announced the new flagship programme for the foundation; the $100 million ADFIN programme at the 2017 UN Global Nutrition Summit. “Nigeria’s high malnutrition rate is undermining progress towards improving child health and survival and putting the brakes on economic development,” said Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

With this $100 Million commitment, the foundation would promote scalable and cost-effective nutrition interventions such as breastfeeding, healthy sanitation practices, disease prevention, food fortification, and supplementation. These activities complement other long-term programmes on education, empowerment, food security, water, sanitation, and health care. “We recognize nutrition as a cross-cutting issue which affects other critical development goals, that is why nutrition has become our core focus. We want to reach one million malnourished children in Nigeria by 2021 and we know that for every dollar invested in nutrition, the nation as a whole will reap huge economic dividends,” said, Dangote.

Feeding -The foundation had so far spent jaw-dropping N1.2 billion for the daily feeding of people in Kano. Over 10,000 people were said to be benefiting from the feeding programme in and around the state metropolis.

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Banking on nutrition –The foundation made a contribution of $1 million towards a collaboration with African Development Bank (AfDB) and Big Win Philanthropy on Malnutrition in Africa that would boost economic returns from the AfDB’s $33-billion investment portfolio by reprogramming suitable investments in sectors ranging from agriculture to education, to generate nutritional benefit for children.

End Malaria Council –This initiative was convened on the sidelines of the 2017 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), by nine founding members to which Aliko Dangote was one, as Nigeria’s global malaria ambassador and Africa’s most successful private sector leader.

Members of the End Malaria Council would work in collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other key partners to help countries and regions achieve their malaria control and elimination goals. This project cost Dangote about $100 million.

Africa Business Coalition for Health -In September 2017, Aliko Dangote Foundation partnered with Global Business Coalition for Health (GBCHealth) to build African Business Coalition for Health.

Building on the leadership, reputation and convening power of the foundation and the experience, reputation and global reach of GBCHealth, the African-led coalition of companies and philanthropists would seek to improve the health and wellbeing of Africans, both within the workplace and within the broader communities. The partnership would develop and scale impactful health programs across Africa, deepening knowledge, building evidence for future investment and strengthening coordination among African philanthropists, business leaders, companies and local business networks.

This initiative which was formally launched in 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, cost the foundation no less than $1.5 million.

Education –The foundation has supported the Infrastructural improvement to a number of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, including the ones listed below:

  • Construction of a N1.2 billion Dangote Business School, Bayero University Kano, Kano state.

  • Construction of a N1.2 billion Dormitories in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state.

  • Construction of Dormitories and provision of power supply to Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano State at the cost of N500 million.
  • Construction of Dormitories in Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
  • Construction of Aliko Dangote Complex within the premises of University of Ibadan Business School, Ibadan, Oyo state.
  • Construction of school blocks at Nawair-ud-deen Comprehensive College, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos at the cost of N120 million.
  • Construction of students’ dormitory at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, at the cost of N204 million.

 

Economic empowerment –The Aliko Dangote Foundation floated a N10 billion micro-grant programme, which was designed to provide a N10,000 one-off grant to at least 1,000 vulnerable women, and in some cases, youths, in each of the 774 LGAs across Nigeria. It was a national programme launched in Kano in 2011 and is being systematically rolled out across the country.

So far, the sum of N3.924 billion has been disbursed to 392,490 women across Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto, and Katsina States as follows:

  • Kano – 88,000 women benefitted from the sum of N880 Million
  • Jigawa – 27,000 women benefitted from the sum of N270 Million
  • Kogi – 22,000 women benefitted from the sum of N220 Million
  • Adamawa – 31,500 women and youth benefitted from the sum of N315 Million
  • Borno – 54,000 Women and youth benefitted from the sum of N540 Million
  • Yobe – 34,000 women and youth benefitted from the sum of N340 Million
  • Lagos – 40,000 women benefitted from the sum of N400 Million
  • Niger – 25,000 women benefitted from the sum of N250 Million
  • Nassarawa – 13,000 women benefitted from the sum of N130 Million
  • Sokoto – 23,990 women benefitted from the sum of N239.9 Million
  • Katsina – 34,000 women benefitted from the sum of N340 Million

In a similar vein, the foundation and the Bank of Industry (BOI) set up a N10 billion micro, small and medium enterprises, (MSMEs) fund, with a N5 billion initial provision to create one million direct jobs. The Aliko Dangote Foundation committed N2.5 billion to the Fund, while BOI also contributed a matching fund of N2.5 billion to launch the Fund, which is used for lending to identified groups/business owners in the informal sector of the economy in the six geo-political zones in the country.

The first phase of the project was expected to impact directly on up to 13,000 registered business groups in the entire country. Each group would have an average of 20 entrepreneurs, thus impacting the lives of up to 250,000 micro-entrepreneurs, through job creation spread across all six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

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Disaster Relief –Dangote, through his foundation, has provided numerous relief programmes, some of which are listed below:

In continuation of its efforts to rehabilitate and resettle the Internally Displaced People in the Northeast, Nigeria, the Aliko Dangote Foundation commissioned 200 Housing Units of the Dangote Village Housing Estate for the Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri, Borno State, with Award Letters issued to the chosen beneficiaries – mostly widows with dependents. In addition to the houses, ADF also provided the following as additional supports:

  • A cash grant of N100,000.00 to each of the 200 Widows that benefitted from the Housing units.
  • Undertake to support the Operational costs of the school within the estate for the next five years.
  • To continue to support the State Government with its Schools Reconstruction Efforts across the state.
  • The building materials donated by the Foundation were also used in reconstructing other infrastructures in Bama, Gwoza, and Konduga LGAs across the state.

For the past seven years, the foundation has spent over N7 billion in the course of feeding, clothing and the general welfare of the Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast.

Also, in response to the unfortunate fire incidents that ravaged the four major markets in Kano State in 2017, the Kano State Government set up a fundraising committee to raise funds and assist the victims of the disasters. At the fund raising event in Kano, Dangote made a pledge of N500 million on behalf of the foundation. The Foundation subsequently presented a cheque of the pledge to the Governor of the State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Further to the passionate appeal made by the then Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, to Aliko Dangote Foundation to support the victims of the unfortunate communal clash between the Hausa and Yoruba communities in Ile-Ife, Osun State, that resulted in loss of lives and property, the foundation intervened by compensating the victims of the disaster with the monetary value of what each victim lost to the tragedy. In liaison with the Ooni of Ife and the Sarkin Hausawa of Ife, a total of 220 victims were identified and a cash donation was given to each. Individual cheques were handed out to each beneficiary during a ceremony at the Ooni’s palace.

More so, during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Aliko Dangote Foundation directly supported the Nigerian government’s Ebola containment efforts through strategic investments that built the resilience and strengthened Nigeria’s health system in a manner expected to endure beyond the Ebola crisis period. These interventions include the followings:

  • Provision of funding for the establishment of the National Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EEOC) in Yaba, Lagos,
  • Provision of 12 units of Thermal Cameras across Nigeria’s International Airports with training for 160 staff/personnel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Port Health Services Department, on the use of the Thermal Cameras,
  • Provision of W.H.O-certified Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, against Ebola,
  • Donation of US $3 Million donation to support Africa Union’s intervention against Ebola in West Africa, and
  • Complete logistics support for the returnee volunteers on Ebola intervention across countries ravaged by Ebola.

Newsrand learnt that Dangote Foundation has spent no less than N906 million on reliefs in the past years.

Dangote’s international interventions include the followings:

  • Children of Africa Foundation – Cote d’Ivore – $750,000, the Foundation supported building and equipping of Children’s hospital in Abidjan. In 2018, the Foundation gave additional grants to support the operation costs of the hospital.
  • Grand Heart Foundation – Chad ($25,000)
  • ONE Campaign ($2 Million)
  • WEF Young Global Leaders (CHF 390,000 annually)
  • Emergency response to meningitis outbreak in Niger Republic ($500,000)
  • Donation of mobile clinics to serve 5 counties in Kenya ($575,000)
  • Emergency response to victims of earthquake in Nepal ($1 million)
  • Global Business Coalition for Education ($60,000 Annually)
  • Sustainable Development Goal – Center for Africa – $2 million
  • Obama Foundation – $5 million

These philanthropic efforts, however, leaves Yesufu with ‘how a man with the scarcity mentality of a poor person achieved these much?’ A question that begs for answers.

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EFCC Says It Recovered $153m, 80 Buildings From Alison-Madueke

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has disclosed that it recovered $153 million and 80 buildings from former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has since been under probe for the looting of public funds and money laundering.

Making this disclosure, the new EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa said the buildings are valued at $80 million, adding that all the recoveries have been handed over to the Federal Government.

Bawa, however, noted that bringing the former minister to justice was still far from reality, given the fact that she is out of Nigeria’s jurisdiction and the challenges associated with bringing her home to face justice.

The EFCC chief’s words: “There are several cases surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153 million; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 property in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that.

“The other cases as it relates to the $115 million INEC bribery, is also ongoing across the federation. We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country, and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward.
The case has certainly not been abandoned.’’

Speaking further, Bawa maintained that he’s ready to leave the job if anyone tried to make him do what was illegal.

“I am not going to pay allegiance to individuals in the government,” he said. Bawa pointed out that though he was young in age; he had paid the price on the job, having been among the pioneer staff of EFCC and passed through the crucible to reach the top.

“I rose through the ranks. The only job I know after graduation is the EFCC, which I joined in 2004. I rose through the ranks from an ordinary team member, to the first EFCC team leader from the regular staff of the EFCC.

“I became a sectional head, became the zonal head in Ibadan, zonal head in Port Harcourt, and zonal head in Lagos. Lagos is the biggest operational hub of the EFCC with over 600 personnel. Port Harcourt is next to it in terms of complexity and staff strength. I happen to be the first EFCC regular staff to head three different zones before my appointment as the chairman.

“The records are there. And it is a challenge I have taken upon myself to do without fear or favour. That is the truth. If anybody is coming to ask me to do something that is contrary to my conscience or what the EFCC is set out to achieve, I’m going to resign,” Bawa vowed.

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ALERT: Dreaded India’s COVID-19 Variant Discovered In Nigeria

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ALERT: Dreaded India's COVID-19 Variant Discovered In Nigeria

The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) in the Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State, has detected the COVID-19 strain, currently ravaging India, in Nigeria.

The variant, according to a report, was detected nearly three weeks ago and has been communicated to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had again restricted gatherings at worship centres and banned nightclubs following reports that the devastating COVID-19 strain in South Africa had spread to 23 other countries.

The detection of the Indian strain in Nigeria contributed to the fresh regulations issued by the Federal Government.

The detection had been listed on GISAID, a global science initiative that provided open access to genomic data of influenza viruses.

A notification dated Sunday, April 25, 2021, sent by Professor Christian Hapi of the ACEGID to the NCDC, read in part, “We have found five sequences of the India B.1.617 in the country, specifically in Edo and Osun states.”

Hapi, however, clarified that the strain in India has two more mutations than the one identified in Nigeria which makes the one in India more aggressive.

“What we have is the B1.617 from India. That is the variant they had but that variant has now evolved beyond the mutation that we identified.

“The one India evolved by two mutations. It is the same strain with India but their own now has a couple of mutations. So, it is the same as what we detected but also different in characteristics,” he added.

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