The SWOT foundation, a pet project of the Borno state governor’s wife, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima in collaboration Dangote Foundation has began distribution of N10, 000 each to about 54,000 indigents in the state to reduce poverty particularly amongst vulnerable women and widows.
Dr. Adhiambo Odaga, the Managing Director of the Dangote Foundation revealed that the foundation has earmarked N540m for distribution to targeted beneficiaries in the 27 local government areas of Borno State as part of a special disbursement of N1, 195,000 meant for Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
He said, apart from Borno, 177,500 women and 19,000 youth in Kano, Kogi, Adamawa and Yobe States have benefitted from the programme.
According to the Managing Director, Dangote foundation, the micro-grants is part of a national programme instituted by the Dangote Group to provide cash transfers to at least 1,000 poor and vulnerable Nigerians in each of the 774 local government areas of the federation.
“Dangote Foundation’s micro-grants enable recipients to grow or start an enterprise, invest in productive assets, improve the health of their families and or take on new activities that will reduce their vulnerability and enhance the economic standing of their household and communities,” Dr. Odaga said.
Daily Post reports that, the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, who monitored the flag off along with his wife, today, Sunday, described Alhaji Aliko Dangote as a patriotic Nigerian and thanked him for giving special attention to states like Borno that have been facing insecurity problem since the break down of law and order in the state in 2009 by the Boko Haram insurgents, which he also said result to serious social and economic challenges.
Also speaking, wife of the Borno state governor and founder of SWOT foundation (support for widow, orphans and tsangaya) said most of the beneficiaries are women that lost their husbands at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency as well as orphans, blind, the crippled and other vulnerable women in the state.