Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is set to rebuild health centres that have been destroyed by terrorist sect, Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Dangote will partner with the Yobe government to rebuild health centres that were destroyed by Boko Haram, especially in Gujba and Gulani, the two most affected local governments.
This comes as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Yobe State Government with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dangote Foundation. It was signed in January and focuses on strengthening routine Immunization in Yobe State.
Dangote praised Yobe State Government for the progress made so far since the MoU was signed. He applauded the effort of Yobe government in ensuring polio eradication despite the insurgency that has often times rocked the northern state.
“I want to praise the effort of Yobe State governments for doing a fantastic job in making sure children are immunized in the state despite the security challenges. On the destroyed health facilities in the two local governments by Boko Haram, Dangote Foundation will partner with Yobe State to ensure that they are re-constructed.
Dangote foundation may end up constructing all of them but I think we should have a partnership to ensure these facilities come back to functionality so that our children will with immediate effect begin to access the healthcare services,” he said.
Co-Chairman of the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates also applauded the state for the commitments it has made for its people.
In support of the immunization drive in Yobe state, the Director National Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed, on behalf of the government of Nigeria donated $1.5 million to Yobe State Government.
Boko Haram insurgents had previously occupied the Gujba and Gulani areas in Yobe before the Nigerian military drove them from the local government areas.
Although Gujba and Gulani residents are free from the terrorists, their facilities were destroyed by the jihadists.
The Yobe state governor has cited his commitment to keeping his part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). He also thanked Dangote as well as the partners of the Bill&Melinda Gates foundation for their commitment and support.