Pix: Executive Director Dangote Foundation, Hajiya Halimat Dangote (left), present framed picture of prototype of the Hajiya Mariya Sanusi Dantata Ultral Modern Medical Complex by Dangote Foundation to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, during a visit to the Goverment House Kano by leadership of the foundation, weekend
Chief Executive of the Dangote Foundation, Ms Halima Dangote, has said that the State-of-the-Art Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, being constructed by the foundation, is due for completion next year.
Ms Dangote made this revelation when her team visited Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje at the weekend.
She said the Operating Theatre and Diagnostic Centre will cost the Foundation some N7billion adding that technical hitches previously encountered in the construction had been sorted out and a new contractor -Dantata and Sawoe- had been empowered to conclude the work.
She also said that the Routine Immunization programme of the Foundation is being extended to Bauchi, Yobe, Maiduguri and Katsina.
According to her, the Foundation’s Business School Project at the Bayero University Kano has already gulped N524million, even as it injected N500million into Kano School of Technology.
Ms Dangote also revealed that the Foundation is determined to build a 500MW of electricity station in Kano.
She described some of the projects as “game changing projects” to be completed in the next two years.
Responding, Governor Ganduje said the President of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote has done a lot for the Kano people, adding that they would remain grateful to him forever.
The governor singled out the contribution of the Foundation to the fight against polio disease, adding that it was indeed a massive intervention, adding that with the help of the Dangote Foundation, the State would soon be given its Polio Free Certificate.
“We are ready to do anything to support your effort,” the Governor said.
Ganduje further described the Dangote’s intervention at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital as massive, saying the hospital is one of the oldest in West Africa ,expressing delight that the Foundation had also completed the construction of seven out of the 11 Primary Health Care Centres it is building in the State.
At a handover ceremony of one of the health care centres at Gwale Local Government, Ms Halima Dangote said the construction of 11 health centres in the state would cost the Foundation N72million.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ms Dangote said her father, Aliko Dangote, would prefer that most of his interventions were not mentioned.
She however said the Foundation that she heads will continue to assist the poor and support government’s efforts around the world.
Speaking also Executive Director Stakeholders Relations and Corporate Communications Engr Mansur Ahmed said the new health care centre will help the people in the community overcome most of their simple health challenges.
He urged the people of Kano to always pray for Alhaji Aliko Dangote and support the Dangote Group.
The State’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Abba Kailani expressed government appreciation and promised to support the health care centres through staffing.
Secretary to the chairman of Gwale Local Government Shehu Haza who represented the chairman of the Council, while commending the Foundation, said Government will ensure that the health care centres are functional.
The Dangote Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Dangote Group. The Foundation is responsible for contributing over $100 million in charitable funds to several causes in Nigeria and Africa over the past four years.
Some of the Foundation’s activities in Nigeria include, N1 billion for Nigerian universities including Bayero University and N100 million for the proposed Otuoke University in Bayelsa State.
The Foundation also disbursed N230 million to women in Kogi State as a micro grant as part of the Kogi Human Capital Development initiative.
In order to alleviate the suffering of communities in Jos suffering from effects of a prolonged ethno-religious crises in 2010, the Dangote Foundation made a donation of relief materials worth N50 million to the community leaders.
Abroad, he Foundation donated $2 million to the World Food Programme as part of efforts to help Pakistani nationals devastated by floods in the year 2010.
Speaking on this donation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said, “The hearts of all Africans go out to the people of Pakistan as they go through this ordeal. Africa is not only a recipient of humanitarian aid, but is also able to help her brothers and sisters in Pakistan and elsewhere where there is suffering. Helping our family, in this case our global family is part of Africa’s traditional values.”
Since 2012, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been a strategic partnership with the Dangote Foundation to eradicate polio in Nigeria.