Health Minister, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole has described as unparalleled and enormous the intervention of the Dangote Group in the health sector and urged other private sector investors to take a cue from the group’s public spirit.
The minister, in an interview with a team from Dangote News, an in house journal of Dangote Group, hailed the support and partnership with the Aliko Dangote Foundation, even as he sought further collaboration with the conglomerate in the areas of malnutrition and malaria eradication.
President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has been advocating that the private sector operators in the country commit one percent of their profit annually to funding health care services.
The Minister said the partnership with the Dangote Group is crucial in view of the inadequate funding in the healthcare sector, adding that Dangote has enormous influence in the sector and that his involvement in the general economic wellbeing of the nation is unquantifiable.
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has been championing the eradication of Polio Virus and malaria in Nigeria as well as providing micro grants to vulnerable women in all the local governments of the federation to boost the economy at the grass roots.
The Minister added, “My message to the President of Dangote Foundation is to sincerely appreciate his unparalleled support to the health sector and to urge him to champion the drive to secure private sector funding for the health sector. Generations of Nigerian children yet unborn will ever be grateful to him and the Foundation.”
Only last week, his philanthropic arm-the Aliko Dangote Foundation- was rebranded and endowed with $1.25 billion, making the Foundation the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa. It would focus on health, education and economic empowerment among other things.
Commenting on the difference between Dangote Cement CSR and Aliko Dangote Foundation, the CEO of the Foundation Zouera Youssoufou said “all projects of Dangote Cement CSR are located in communities in which they have factories, and such CSR initiative include community relations, health, education, employment, infrastructure, water, electricity, roads and buildings (schools, hospitals).
“Aliko Dangote Foundation projects and funds are allocated on need basis in each part of the country where we have intervened and in projects such as health (including nutrition), education, empowerment, humanitarian crisis and disaster relief,” she stated.
The Foundation is currently building the biggest maternity wards in Aminu Kano specialist hospital and state of the arts Surgical Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre (SDC), at a cost N7 billion, which will soon be completed.
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