Succour came the way of the over 1,000 hitherto dejected traders affected by the Kano Market fire disaster few months ago as business mogul, Aliko Dangote, made good his promise and donated N500m to rehabilitate the them.
Aliko’s donation which came through the Aliko Dangote Foundation was in response to the appeal by the Kano State government for contributions from public spirited individuals and corporate organizations to help the fire victims come back to business.
No fewer than seven fire disasters have occurred in five major markets across the state within the past few months with no fewer than 1,400 shops and goods estimated at N28 billion gutted by the inferno.
It would be recalled that the state government had in the wake of the last disaster in February, which affected Singa Market, set up a judicial commission of inquiry and an appeal committee headed by Alhaji Dangote and another businessman, Usman Tofa, both indigenes of Kano, to help raise funds to help the fire victims most of whom lost everything they sell to the disaster.
Dangote, after the inauguration of his committee, pledged N500m and assured the traders that his committee would work assiduously to garner funds to ameliorate the suffering of the traders.
Presenting the N500 million cheque on Monday afternoon in Kano, CEO of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Mrs. Zouera Youssoufou, explained that the Africa’s richest man was deeply touched by the plight of the affected traders and that was why he has ensured that the money was made available to them.
Reechoing what Dangote said earlier on his involvement in the provision of succour to the traders, Mrs. Youssoufou sated the Chairman of Dangote Group would also see other areas he would collaborate with the state to bring relief to the traders as quickly as possible.
She stated that Dangote Foundation has been identifying with various projects in the state and that the donation was just one of the many interventions of the foundation in Kano State.
In his address of welcome at the ceremony, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperative and Tourism, Hammed Rabiu, commended Dangote for the good gesture and said the state would be eternally grateful for the many helps he has rendered to the state in times of need.
“As you can see, with this physical donation, Dangote did not just talk by promising assistance, he is walking the talk”, he stated.
Speaking on the donation, the state governor, Dr. Abdulahi Umar Ganduje, while thanking Dangote for always rising to the occasion anytime the state called, urged other Kano sons and daughters to emulate him and contribute to the growth of the state.