Dangote Bags UN Award

Aliko Dangote, owner of Dangote Group on Monday in Abuja at the 61st United Nation World Tourism Organisation, Regional Commission for Africa Conference, bagged ‘Special Award for Responsible Tourism’.

Dangote who was represented by Mr Ahmed Mansur, Executive Director for Strategic Management and Corporate Communication of the conglomerate said it was a great honour to be recognised by a global body like UNWTO.

He said “As I travelled round the world in pursuit of my business activities, I enjoyed the wonderful sights and sounds that tourism provides.

“I had opportunities to sample all that tourism could provide in the continent. I consider myself not only a committed traveller but a tourist.

” I want to thank the honourable minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his team and other tourism bodies for the impact and opportunities made available to visit tourist sites,” he said.

He called on the private sector to partner more with the African governments to continue to expand and deepen the tourism potentials on the continent.

The Conference with the theme “Tourism Statistics: A catalyst for Development” brought together participants from many countries in Africa and beyond to chart a way forward for tourism in Africa.

The Conference will end on June 6.

Dangote Urges Nigerians to Get National Identity Card

President of Dangote group, Aliko Dangote, has called on Nigerians to get enrolled in the on-going registration for National Identity cards being carried out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The business mogul, citing the economic benefits of having a robust unified national identity card management, made the call just as the NIMC disclosed that it has enrolled till date 30 million Nigerians and that effort are on to capture the entire population within the next three years.

Dangote spoke when the management of the Commission visited him in his office in Lagos and presented him with his Identity slip as well as a draft report of the Strategic Roadmap for Developing Digital Identification in Nigeria

Dangote told the NIMC management to copy from India with a larger population and which has also successfully carried out Digital Identification of all its citizens and that with collaboration with partners and adequate awareness campaign, the Commission can successfully accomplish the task of enrolling all Nigerians within the shortest possible time.

Speaking earlier, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz said the Commission is adopting an Eco system just as india to liberalize the enrolment process by licensing state and local governments, business organizations, bodies and agencies to enroll the citizens while the Commission will only regulate their activities.

Dangote Commits to Wiping Polio

Penultimate week, Aliko Dangote, African top business mogul, and his American counterpart, Bill Gates, embarked on campaign trips to ensure Nigeria is polio free.

To the Africa’s richest man, “it is quite embarrassing that Nigeria is one of the only three countries in the world that are yet to be certified polio free.” The other two countries are Pakistan and Afghanistan. Therefore, for the whole week, Dangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which have been at the fore front of the campaign to eliminate polio, went on assessment of the situation in the areas earlier affected by the disease and the neighboring Chad Republic, where the two business moguls and their teams met with President Idris Deby in Ndjamena.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. It is an infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis, most especially in the leg. Children not older than 5 years are more likely to contract the virus than any other group, therefore the epidemic inflicts economic loss of colossal dimension on a nation as youths, the future generation, which forms a plank of the productive population are affected. Polio is caused by a highly contagious virus specific to humans. The virus usually enters the environment in the feces of someone who is infected.

Over the years, Dangote Foundation has been involved in causes that guarantee healthy life for the Nigerian child and reduce extreme poverty among the vulnerable especially women.

It was in this spirit that he had deployed his resources, for critical interventions, among which are issues bordering on nutrition, routine immunization and commitment to eradicate polio. The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) described as multiple factors hampering eradication of the virus especially in the North. Many of the factors, it stated in one of its report on Polio eradication, are embedded in the country’s broad social-political dynamics and enduring chasm between the governed and the government and a decentralized governmental system that often neglect service delivery to marginalized communities.

Some of the obstacles to polio eradication in Nigeria as in many other countries are the lack of basic health infrastructure, which limits vaccine distribution and delivery, the crippling effects of internal strife occasioned by insurgents’ activities which has turned some areas in the North-East as hard-reach. The visit to Chad was necessitated by the fact that Chad is next to Nigeria from North East axis where immunization penetration has been very difficult.

Any movement of the virus across the border might put Chad into jeopardy hence the need to intensify immunization in the country especially in the islands close to the insurgents’ enclave. Besides Chad is said to be spending less than before on vaccines and routine immunization operational costs – both in absolute terms as well as a proportion of total expenditures.

Therefore, both Dangote and Gates were able to obtain commitment from Deby to personally track the ability of the polio program to access and actually go to all 800 Chadian islands in the lake Convince with a promise to step up his political and financial support for routine immunization. The Chadian President then signed a declaration, committing to increase immunization rates in Chad and end polio in the region. Though Chad has not seen a case of wild polio since 2012, a 2016 polio outbreak in Nigeria placed those in neighbouring countries at risk, particularly children who live on the hard-to-reach islands of Lake Chad.

Déby reaffirmed his support for the region-wide effort to stop polio. “Improving the health of Chad’s children is critical. I am committed to working with neighbouring governments to end polio for good in Africa, and to protecting more of our country’s children with vaccines against other deadly diseases”, he told his visitors.

After the signing, Dangote said all countries in West Africa—including Chad—share a responsibility to protect every child with polio vaccine. Until this happens, the risk of wild polio cases spreading remains. Said he: “We are close to stopping polio on the continent – but we are not done yet. We want to save the lives of 250, 000 children with the application of right vaccines. Unless we protect all children in Africa with the polio vaccine, the risk of the virus spreading will remain. That is why the Dangote Foundation is determined to continue working with Nigeria’s neighbours including Chad, to improve immunization rates and end polio for good.”

He stated that polio eradication is a must because it is a disease that causes paralysis and in some instances, death. 30 years ago, it paralyzed an estimated 350,000 people – last year there were just 22 cases confined to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a record low. But, the fight against polio is not over until there are no cases anywhere in the world for at least three years. “As a Nigerian, I feel that I have a special responsibility to make sure that Africa is free from polio since my country has been the one exporting the virus for so many years”, the African richest man said.

“The polio outbreak in Borno a year and a half ago was a big setback. And a lot of work has been done to get it under control. But I’m concerned especially about the risks that still remain. Nigeria cannot reach thousands of settlements, and its islands in Lake Chad because of Boko Haram. And until we do, you will need to be super vigilant on your side. “One of the risks I see is the islands on your side in Lake Chad. As Bill mentioned, they are difficult to reach, and they have not been visited on a regular basis by the polio program. I think it would be very helpful if you gave instructions to the military to help transport vaccinators to each of the islands we’ve been talking about – so that they are all visited at least 3-5 times this year. With logistics and planning support from the military, I think you can take the final steps to ensure Chad remains polio-free.

“If you personally lead a public review of the program every six months – with the Ministers of Health, Interior, Finance and Communication – along with the Governors and administration, traditional and religious leaders, it would send a clear signal that it is not business as usual. I would be happy to come back for your first review, if you conduct it mid-year.

“Like Nigeria, Chad needs to spend more of its own money on routine immunization. If we cannot immunize our own children to protect them from disease, they have failed them. My recommendation is that you establish a clear budget line for routine immunization in the annual budget at least 40%. That would get you back to the level of commitment the government was making in 2012. Bill and I will work hard with the global partners to try to secure the rest. From Chad, the team arrived Sokoto where they met with the Sultan, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, and the community heads as well six governors from the Northern region on renewed commitment to intensify immunization to ward of the polio virus and take Nigeria off the list of polio countries. While thanking the Sultan for his commitment in ensuring that Nigeria is polio free, Dangote lamented that despite all efforts made to ensure the immunization reached majority of the targeted populace, not much ground has been covered. In his own state of Kano, for instance, routine immunization coverage is 16 per cent while that of Sokoto is less than five per cent. And whereas vaccines, staff and funding are available, the coverage is not moving and has been abysmally low. “It’s both a demand and poor service quality problem. We cannot make progress on the demand side without traditional leaders”, he said.

Bill Gates, Dangote Challenge FG To Invest In Human Capital

Philanthropist and Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has challenged the Nigerian government to invest in human capital development, saying it would lay a good foundation for the nation’s prosperity.

He made this known on Thursday while delivering a speech at the Expanded National Economic Council on Investment in Human Capital held in Abuja.

According to him, although Nigeria has enormous potentials, they can only be maximized when the citizens are well equipped.

Making reference to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, he, therefore, urged the Federal Government to take practical steps in prioritising human capital development.

 

“Nigeria has unmatched economic potentials but what becomes of that potential depends on the choices you make as Nigeria’s leaders. The most important choice you can make is to maximise your greatest resource – the Nigerian people.

“Nigeria Will Thrive when every Nigerian Is able to thrive, If you invest in their health, education and opportunities, the human capital that we are talking about today, then that will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity.

“If you don’t, however, it is important to recognise that there would be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow,” he stated.

“Much of Nigeria still looks like a low-income country. Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth.

“With the fourth-worst maternal mortality rate in the world, ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, and Chad. One in three Nigerian Children is chronically malnourished.

“The Nigerian government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan identifies investing in our people as one of three strategic executives but the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs – prioritising physical capital over human capital,” he stated.

Also addressing the issue, President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, asked the Federal Government to provide solutions to human capital challenges experienced in the country.

 

He stressed that human capital is a critical component of Nigeria’s future economic growth , noting that while the nation has largely achieved growth by extracting natural resources, the youths have to be equipped both physically and mentally to drive the nation’s future success.

“In Nigeria, we have largely achieved growth by extracting natural resources and we’re not building on that through our physical infrastructure. But we must also remember that it is our young people that will drive our future success.

“By 2050, Nigeria is projected to be the 3rd largest economy in the world.

“For this next generation to thrive as adults and drive economic progress, we need to invest in their health and well-being and in their ability to learn and apply new skills.

“As a business leader, it is my responsibility to offer jobs and opportunities but I can only do that when people themselves are healthy and have basic skills.”

 

Speaking further, the business mogul explained how nutrition and infrastructural development also play a huge role in equipping the youth for the future.

According to him, malnutrition has been identified as one of the biggest factors undermining the potentials of children and for Nigeria to be able to truly compete globally, we must prioritize investment in health, education and other key sectors.

He said: “As a philanthropist and development expert, I have seen first-hand and critical gaps and proven interventions that can help set those young people up for success especially the poorest.

“A key example is nutrition; a primary focus for the Dangote Foundation.”

“Today, one of the biggest factors undermining our progress is malnutrition. Poor nutrition prevents children from realizing their true potentials, stunting not only their physical and intellectual growth but also educational and employment opportunities.

“As a business leader, I feel the consequences of malnutrition. An inadequately skilled workforce is a constraint to my businesses. Again as a philanthropist and development expert, it is the kind of challenge I am committed to helping solve.

“By this, is where my two roles converge because all sectors, businesses, philanthropy and especially government will need to step up to address the human capital challenges we are now facing in Nigeria.

“For Nigeria to truly compete globally, we must prioritize investment in the health, education, and opportunity of our people alongside other critical areas like infrastructure,” he stated.

Buhari Hosts Bill Gates And Dangote To Dinner

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday hosted philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates to a dinner at the State House in Abuja.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and top government officials were also at the dinner.

Although the Presidency tweeted about the dinner, which was held the same day 104 of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls were freed, it did not give details about what was discussed.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been playing significant humanitarian and philanthropic roles in Nigeria in the areas of polio eradication, maternal health and other areas.

VIDEO: President @MBuhari hosts Mr. Bill Gates and Alhaji Aliko Dangote to a dinner, tonight. pic.twitter.com/AQVkHpd2LA

— Government of Nigeria (@AsoRock) March 21, 2018

Bill Gates, Dangote Meet Buhari In Aso Rock

Shortly after the release of the Dapchi school girls, President Muhammadu Buhari met with billionaires, Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote in Aso-rock on Wednesday night.

According to reports the billionaires were hosted to a private dinner by Buhari. The reason or outcome of the meeting has not been disclosed.

Details Later..

 

Bill Gate To Attend Aliko Dangote’s Daughter Wedding

The world’s renowned billionaire, philanthropist and Microsoft boss, Bill Gate has confirmed his intent to attend Aliko Dangote’s daughter’s wedding.

The union which is between Fatima Dangote and Jamil Abubakar, is set to host about five presidents and several past presidents.

The wedding of Fatima, the daughter of Africa’s richest billionaire, Aliko Dangote and Jamil, the pilot son of former Inspector General (IG) of Police, MD Abubakar will bring together the high and mighty in Nigeria and from around the world.

 

Forbes Reveals 74 Most Influential Persons In The World

Forbes recently revealed the world most influential people in the world. The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin made no1 on the list, while Donald Trump came 2nd and Pope Francis came 5th.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote occupies 64th position on the list.

See full list below

1.Vladimir Putin -Russia

2 Donald Trump -United States

3 Angela Merkel
4 Xi Jinping
5 Pope Francis
6 Janet Yellen
7 Bill GatesBill & Melinda Gates
8 Larry Page
9 Narendra Modi
10 Mark Zuckerberg
11 Mario Draghi
12 Li Keqiang
13 Theresa May
14 Jeff Bezos
15 Warren Buffett
16 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al
17 Carlos Slim Helu
18 Ali Hoseini
19 Jamie Dimon
20 Benjamin Netanyahu
21 Elon Musk
22 Jeffrey Immelt
23 Francois Hollande
24 Rex Tillerson
25 Christine Lagarde
26 Lloyd Blankfein
27 Doug McMillon
28 Jack MaAlibaba
29 Akio Toyoda
30 Sergey Brin
31 Charles KochKoch
32 Tim Cook
33 Li Ka-shingCK
34 Larry Fink
35 Rupert Murdoch
36 Antonio Guterres
37 Shinzo Abe
39 Khalifa bin Zayed
40 Jay Y. Lee
41 Ding Xuedong
42 Jim Yong Kim
43 Kim Jong-un
44 Abdel el-Sisi
45 Ma Huateng
46 Michael Dell
47 Haruhiko Kuroda
48 Barack Obama
49 Khalid Al-Falih
50 John Roberts
51 Satya Nadella
52 Stephen Schwarzman
53 Masayoshi Son
54 Enrique Pena
55 Michael Bloomberg
56 Recep Erdogan
57 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
58 Alisher Usmanov
59 Wang Jianlin
60 Robin Li
61 Ginni Rometty
62 Mary Barra
63 Bashar al
64 Travis Kalanick
65 Carl IcahnIcahn
66 Justin Trudeau
67 Bob Iger
68 Aliko Dangote
69 Mike Pence
70 Rodrigo Duterte
71 Ayman al-Zawahiri
72 Sheldon Adelson
73 Peter Thiel
74 Chuck Schumer

 

Nigeria Is Blessed To Have Dangote – Ganduje

The Governor of Kano State, Dr Umar Ganduje on Monday said that Nigeria and indeed the world are blessed to have Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the president of Dangote Group in the business world.

Ganduje, who was speaking at Dangote Special Day, described the revered business as the ‘Pride of the Black Race’, adding that his investments have placed Nigeria in the global economic sphere.

Represented by state Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism Ahmad Rabiu, the Governor said Dangote is synonymous with development given the giant strides recorded in the different sectors of the economy.

“Dangote Group and Dangote Foundation have touched lives in the different states in Nigeria and beyond.

“There is no household that does not use Dangote product. Every where you go there are Dangote products and services from which many are benefitting.

“Many sectors of the economy have been boosted- Infrastructure, Agriculture, the Mining sector, Health, Education etc Dangote is surely a man of the people”

Governor Ganduje expressed gratitude to the foremost Industrialist for his contribution and support to the Fairs conducted by Kano state over the years, many of which recorded immense success.

He said there is no doubt that the 38th Kano International Trade Fair will also be a success because Aliko Dangote is involved.

He called on leaders, wealthy individuals and organisations to emulate his unique qualities for a better society by making life a lot easier for the people especially at the grassroots.

Speaking earlier, President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the current administration’s diversification agenda has put the Nigerian economy on the right trajectory for growth.

The Africa foremost industrialist said diversification would take the country to the next level, and away from overdependence on oil.

Represented by General Manager Stakeholder Management, Dangote Group, Bello Abdullahi Dan-Musa, Dangote the nation should continue to explore opportunities in the various sectors to grow the economy.

“We are committed to diversification as it is what Nigeria needs and indeed Africa, to add value to our basic endowments for economic growth.

“That is why we are also exploring opportunities in the different sectors, cement, flour, salt, sugar and recently, Oil and Gas as well as Agricbusiness to move the nation forward.

“Dangote businesses are meant to impact the lives of the people in different ways, that is why Dangote Group is structured to deliver basic goods and services that are essential for improving standard of living of the general populace, and have presence in 13 different countries.

Last week, Dangote commissioned its cement plant in Congo Brazaville.

Its mission in the next five to ten years is not only to be the largest brand in Africa but also be amongst the top 20 companies of the World.

Hajiya Maijidda Modibbo of the Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, spoke briefly about Dangote Rice out-grower scheme in line with President Buhari’s policy to reinvigorate the economy, saying it has gone a long way in enhancing farmers and their households.

Participants at the fair thronged Dangote Pavillion to see what Dangote has to offer. They include Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Salt, Dangote Rice, Dangote Flour, DanQ, among others.

Source: Huhuonline.com

Aliko Dangote Foundation Pledges US$100 Million to Tackle Malnutrition

The Managing Director, Zouera Youssoufou, and CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation made the pledge at the recently concluded Global Nutrition Summit in Milan Italy, which was also attended by Aliko Dangote himself.

The Aliko Dangote Foundation will invest US$100 Million over five years to tackle malnutrition in the North East and North West, the worst-affected parts of Nigeria.

“Nigeria’s high malnutrition rate is undermining progress towards improving child health and survival and putting the brakes on economic development,” she said.

“By investing in nutrition, we aim to directly improve the lives of Nigerian families and to empower our citizens to reach their full potential.”

At a summit on 4 November, it gathered an impressive array of governments, international agencies, foundations, civil society organizations and businesses.

It was convened with the objective of taking stock of nutrition commitments made to date, celebrating progress toward global goals on nutrition, and announcing additional commitments to accelerate the global response to malnutrition in all its forms.

The Global Nutrition Summit drew a strong African contingent including world leaders Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Graca Machel, Founder of the Graca Machel Trust; high-level representatives of the governments of Tanzania, Niger, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Zambia and business leaders such as Aliko Dangote, Founder of the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Chairman of the Dangote Group, Africa’s largest home-grown conglomerate.

They joined international stakeholders including the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Coalition on Advocacy for Nutrition.

The Global Summit highlighted the cost of malnutrition to both societies and individuals. The Global Nutrition Report 2017 launched at the Summit, showed that despite progress, 155 million children globally are stunted and the world is off track on meeting internationally agreed nutrition targets. Compounding the issue, global financing to tackle malnutrition has been alarmingly low. Donors spend only about 0.5 percent of overseas aid on nutrition, and countries allocate between one and two percent of their health budgets to the issue.

Like Dangote, African governments also announced new commitments: Ethiopia, through its National Nutrition Program, pledged to reduce the prevalence of stunted; underweight and wasted children under five. Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Zambia, also made commitments to expand domestic programmes to improve nutrition for mothers and children. In total, the Summit succeeded in galvanizing US3.4 billion according to the organisers.

“The global malnutrition crisis endangers the physical and mental wellbeing of present and future generations” said Kofi Annan, speaking at the summit in his capacity as Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. “Progress in tackling both under nutrition and obesity is possible with targeted commitments, like those made here today. We need further urgent investments so that people, communities and nations can reach their full potential.”

Nigeria boasts not only Africa’s largest population but also the continent’s highest numbers of malnourished children. Almost half of the one million children who die before the age of five in Nigeria, die of malnutrition as the underlying cause.

Without proper nutrients during the first 1,000 days of life starting from conception up to their second birthday, children are less likely to survive childhood diseases such as malaria and pneumonia, and are less likely to escape poverty as adults. They become physically and cognitively stunted, a fate that has befallen 11 million of Nigeria’s children under five.

The Aliko Dangote Foundation is on a mission to reduce the prevalence of under nutrition by 60 percent in the neediest areas of Nigeria, specifically the North East and North West, where malnutrition has affected millions of lives and crippled the local economy.

With this US$100 Million commitment, the Aliko Dangote Foundation will promote scalable and cost-effective nutrition interventions such as breast feeding, healthy sanitation practices, disease prevention, food fortification and supplementation. These activities complement other long-term programs on education, empowerment, food security, water, sanitation and health care.

“We recognize nutrition as a cross-cutting issue which affects other critical development goals, that is why nutrition has become our core focus. We want to reach one million malnourished children in Nigeria by 2021 and we know that for every dollar invested in nutrition, the nation as a whole will reap huge economic dividends,” said Aliko Dangote.

The good news is that malnutrition is beatable. It is not a natural disaster that one cannot predict or a communicable disease for which there is no cure. But the fight does demand leadership – zero tolerance on malnutrition from policy makers, more integrated interventions from the public and private sectors and decisive actions backed by greater investments.

Through his Foundation, Aliko Dangote looks set to become the strongest voice for nutritional leadership nationally and on the continent of Africa.