The President Dangote Conglomerate, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has acknowledged the current economic hardship bedeviling the Country and promised to provide succor to alleviate the suffering of residents through various human development initiatives for the state. Dangote pledged when he visited Governor Abba Yusuf at the government house in Kano, Friday acknowledging that the common man could hardly survive the present state of inflation in the nation.
“You have the mandate of the people and I know that it is very difficult for any human being to clap with the two hands now. For now, you will be the right hand, and we will be your left hand, together we shall clap.
“So be rest assured that we would support you and support your administration and we want to tell you that we would continue to pray for your success because your success is ours. I am sorry for coming this late because I was supposed to have been here before now but I have been traveling a lot,” Dangote stated.
“Going forward we need to see how we can develop areas of health, education, empowerment, how do we assist the government because the government cannot do it alone.
“We are here first of all to congratulate you on your victory at the Supreme Court. I want to assure you of our support throughout your administration, maybe not only four years but eight years.
“Kano is home even though the MC addresses me as the richest black man but you can address me as Kano indigene. I am your subject and you can always call on me for cooperation to see how we develop Kano.”
Dangote further explained “I want to assure you that we would continue to support you not because I am from Kano but because I know your intentions are good.
“Not that we took the government for granted because I want to have enough time to come and tell you that we believe in your administration and we are ready to support you,” Dangote assured.
On his part, Governor Yusuf solicited the support of the oil magnate for the establishment of an independent power plant to revive the ailing industries and boost the economic strength of the state.
Similarly, the Governor told Dangote that Kano needs the establishment of a sickle cell hospital to provide free medication for the patients.
Besides, the Governor pleaded with the business tycoon for the completion of the gigantic projects initiated by the Dangote Foundation which include an Accident and Emergency ward, a Surgical and Theatre complex and a maternity/ pediatric building all in Murtala Muhamnad Specialists Hospital.
He noted that as a proud indigene of the state, Alhaji Dangote is capable and willing to execute as many projects as possible which is why “I am using the opportunity to solicit and appeal for a lot from him to the people of the state”.
Governor Yusuf added, “I want to make a passionate appeal to you to extend your hands of assistance by completing the gigantic projects initiated by your foundation which include the Accident and Emergency ward, Surgical and Theatre complex, and Maternity/ Pediatric building all in Murtala Muhamnad Specialists Hospital.”
In the area of infrastructural development, the governor expressed the need for Dangote to assist in the provision of modern road construction, Housing, community development as well as human capital development among others.
While appreciating the kind gesture of Aliko Dangote in the area of education and health care development, especially in the eradication of poliomyelitis, the governor gave the assurance that whatever form of support is given, it will be used judiciously.
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