Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has inaugurated the Dangote village built for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Dangote village is a self-sufficient set of 200 housing units worth N2 billion, with school, hospital, irrigation farms and poultry farms among others, to enable the occupants make a living. Dangote said about N7 billion has been donated to support displaced persons affected by the Boko Haram crisis in the Northeast as he also gave each of the beneficiary N100,000 to start a new life. Dangote also pledged to take care of teachers’ emolument for five years and as well share in the burden of the ongoing educational revolution launched by the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima. A visibly elated Shettima said the intervention was unprecedented by a single company, describing the Aliko Dangote Foundation as the fourth arm of government in the state.
“In every clime and in every dispensation, there are three layers of governments: the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.
“I dare to add that the fourth layer in Borno State is the Aliko Dangote Foundation. For the past seven years, the Dangote foundation has been consistent and hearkening to the yearnings and aspirations of people of the state.
“When Aliko Dangote came in 2016, he quickly pledged N2 billion. We requested that half of the money should be used to supplying building materials, and lo and behold, within the span of two weeks, all the materials were ready.
“We call it Dangote village because it is a self-sustaining community with their own schools, clinics, mosques and livelihood.”