It was a significant day in Borno State, as it’s quest to achieve rehabilitation and reconstruction post-insurgency era received a boost, with the commissioning of the N2billion naira Dangote Village in Maidugri.
The 200 housing unit village is an intervention for those who became widows and orphans, as a result of the activities of insurgents in the State.
Supported with a school facility and health centre from the Borno State Government, the village is one of the initiatives of the Dangote Foundation in the North-East region.
The Commissioner for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Borno State Professor Baba Gana Umara, commended the Dangote Foundation for its strategic relief projects in the State.
Prof Umara thanked the Dangote Foundation for providing all the building materials for the village, which will also help to facilitate the resettlement plans of the State covering areas like Bama, Gwoza and Konduga respectively.
On the allocation of the houses in the Dangote village, the Commissioner said a committee was saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the 200 houses were properly allocated to the widows.
In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony, the President Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote shared his joy of leading interventions, that will bring relief to Borno state.
The philanthropist said over N7bn has been spent by the Dangote Foundation in supporting the rebuilding of the North-East region, with Borno State as a major beneficiary.
He lauded the Governor Kashim Shettima for his dynamic leadership and large scale projects that has improved the level of infrastructure in the state.
The African business leader announced a donation of N100,00 each to the 200 widows, that are beneficiaries to start up their business.
Governor Kashim Shettima in his address described Alhaji Aliko Dangote as the single largest philanthropist, that has contributed to the rehabilitation efforts of Borno State.
He described the 200 housing unit village in Maidugri, as a clear symbol of the commitment of Alhaji Aliko Dangote to the reconstruction of the State.
Highlights of the event was the award of the certificate of ownership to the selected widows and the inspection of the village and facilities by Governor Kashim Shettima and Alhaji Aliko Dangote (President, Dangote Foundation) accompanied by members of the State executive council and senior officials of the Aliko Dangote Foundation.
The Dangote Foundation has since 2012 carried out massive interventions in the North-East covering areas like healthcare, rehabilitation projects and the provision of feeding and relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons in States like Borno, Yobe, Adamawa amongst others.