The Aliko Dangote Foundation has allocated N10 billion for the empowerment of vulnerable women in the 774 local government council sin the country.
According to a statement from the foundation, its chairman Aliko Dangote, gave the figures at the flag off of the empowerment programme at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre in Minna, the Niger State capital.
The foundation gave out micro-grants to 25,000 disadvantaged women in the state, bringing the total number of women beneficiaries to 256,500 across seven states, TheNation writes.
“The micro-grant programme is one component of the economic empowerment pillar of the foundation. It provides disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a one-off, unconditional N10,000 cash transfer to boost their household income generation. This, we believe, will help reduce their vulnerability and meet their livelihood needs,” the statement said.
Dangote noted that he “not only wants to be known as Africa’s richest man, but also as the biggest philanthropist”.
“I will continue to use my resources and my voice to help shape a better Nigeria, and Africa as a whole,” he said.
The foundation’s Executive Director and daughter of its chairman, Hajiya Halima Aliko Dangote, said the foundation was poised to help lift the status of womanhood in the country, adding: “If you empower a woman, you empower the whole nation.”
The foundation explained that the disbursement was started in 2012 with about 256,500 women benefitting from the programme across Kano, Lagos, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, with a total disbursement of N2.565 billion so far.