President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said he is prepared to empower physically challenged persons who desire to be educated to achieve their dreams through the award of scholarships. He said the Dangote Foundation, would henceforth look into the areas of provision of assistance to the brilliant but physically challenged persons who are interested in furthering their education.
The business mogul gave this promise when he received in audience in his office, a physically challenged, Kayode Ogendengbe, a blind, who came to present his B.Sc. certificate to him, to formally informed him that he had completed his first degree course, which was sponsored by Dangote.
Dangote had spotted the potentials of Ogedengbe through Teens Empowerment and Salvage Initiative (TESI), a Non-Governmental Organization, during a programme in Lagos and volunteered to fund his university education after which Ogedengbe got admitted into University of Maiduguri, Borno state.
He stated that one of the things that the rich could do to impact the society positively is to help the physically challenged persons to realize their dream pointing out that after all everyone has one challenge or the other even if not physical but that God has been the one helping everybody.
“I think we owe these people some help to help them achieve their dream. This is one of the ways we can give back and appreciate God because we may not be physically challenged, but everyone has one challenge or other and God has been our helper.
I am going to instruct the Foundation to work with TESI and see how we can collaborate and provide some scholarships to the deserving ones among them and by so doing we will making the society more satisfying and pleasurable for all to live in. Ogedengbe expressed his happiness that he didn’t disappoint Alhaji Dangote and that he finished with second class upper grade from the university.
While thanking him for the good gesture, Ogedengbe enjoined other rich Nigerians to emulate Dangote and help lift physically challenged persons whom according to him have potentials only that they are limited by some disabilities. The coordinator of TESI, Mrs. Chinasa Jonathan-Ochei who led Ogedengbe and his friends to Dangote thanked the businessman for committing part of his wealth to help physically challenged persons saying there are many more Ogedengbes with vast potentials but without help to explore the potentials.