Dan­gote dis­burses N130m to 13,000 women in Nasarawa

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Has­san Ibrahim, Lafia

Pres­i­dent of Dan­gote group of com­pa­nies, Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote has through his Dan­gote Foun­da­tion dis­bursed N130 mil­lion to 13,000 vul­ner­a­ble women as pal­lia­tive to cushion poverty in Nasarawa state.

Speak­ing at the launch­ing of the scheme tagged ‘Dan­gote Foun­da­tion Mi­cro Grants Pro­gramme’, Dan­gote said it is to pro­vide the dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble women with un­con­di­tional N10,000 cash trans­fer to boost their house­hold in­come gen­er­a­tion.

He said, “This we be­lieve will help re­duced the vul­ner­a­bil­ity and meet their liveli­hood needs. The pro­gramme which was launched few years ago is been sys­tem­at­i­cally rolled out na­tion­wide tar­geted at a max­i­mum of 1,000 women in each of the 774 LGAs in the coun­try. It is es­ti­mated that we will spend N10 bil­lion.”

He noted that the Foun­da­tion part­nered with Ac­cess bank to open bank ac­count for the 13,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the state and will is­sue them cus­tom­ized debit card which was un­veiled at the launch.

The state Gover­nor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura thanked Dan­gote for the hu­man­i­tar­ian ges­ture and se­lect­ing the state in the first batch of the scheme. He pledged that govern­ment will en­sure that all the se­lected ben­e­fi­cia­ries ac­cess the grants.

Al-Makura also lauded Dan­gote for sit­ing the com­pany’s su­gar plan­ta­tion and re­fin­ery in the state say­ing it is re­deem­ing the eco­nomic for­tune of the state.

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