Impressed with the philanthropic activities of the Dangote Foundation towards improving human conditions in Africa and the rest of the world, United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon yesterday, in Abuja, commended Chairman of the Foundation, Aliko Dangote, and urged him not to relent.
He said posterity would be kind to Dangote. Ki Moon, who was on a two day working visit to Nigeria, described the philanthropic activities of the Foundation as a “dedication to humanity” that is commendable.
Speaking with the Nigeria’s business leaders in Abuja at a meeting hosted by the Dangote Group yesterday, the UN Secretary General said he was impressed by Dangote’s contributions and appealed to other leaders to emulate him to make the world a better place. “Let me thank Mr. Aliko Dangote, our host for bringing us together.
I appreciate the strong support you have given me as a key member of the Steering Committee of my Global Education First Initiative, and your dedication to humanity”, The UN Scribe said. He said “Nigeria can spark the race to the top and demonstrate to the region, and to the world, that a pathway to sustainable development is possible.” In his remark, President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the Group will not rest on its oars in the areas of philanthropy because he owes his wealth to the society that has been kind to him.
Dangote, who expressed disgust at the level of poverty in Nigeria, especially the fact that more than 60 percent of the population in the North-West and North-East live in severe poverty, lamented that it was only Nigeria that recorded economic growth without reduction in poverty.
He therefore called other investors to join him in changing the lives of Nigerians and the African people. He also called for concerted efforts towards supporting the United Nations to actualize its various social and economic reform programmes in Africa.
Dangote said that his Group was supporting the government in growing the real sector of the economy. “The business community is very supportive of what government is doing and it is our hope that economic growth will recover very soon as a result of these measures. “I believe that supporting social and economic change through social investments and interventions that improve the lives of the less fortunate is will make a positive difference in the growth of my nation”, he said.
Speaking, also, Special Advisor to the UN Scribe on Post 2015 Development Planning, Ms. Amina Muhammad, said the UN is collaborating with key stakeholders and the Nigerian government to stake up its work in the country. She however said some of the gains of the UN efforts have been wiped out in the North-East of the country.