Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, through his philanthropic initiative, the Dangote Foundation, is making an investment of 60 billion naira into road construction projects in the Northern state of Borno. The roads in question include the Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Nagala road and Maiduguri-Bama-Banki road.
Confirming the development was the governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, while paying a courtesy visit to Muhammad Ibn Shehu Masta El Kanemi – the Shehu of Dikwa.
Good roads will ease transportation problems in the state
Speaking at traditional ruler’s palace, the Governor stated that part of his itinerary in the town was to evaluate four ongoing projects and oversee the distribution of items to twenty five thousand families in Dikwa, under the instructions of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Nigeria Customs Service to make bags of rice available to the Borno state government to be distributed to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
The news was announced by the State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum
The State Governor appreciated the President and the Customs Boss Col Hamidu Ali (rtd) for the continuous support given to IDPs in the state over the last six years. According to the Governor, he established the Fadama Farm initiative to revamp the state’s agricultural sector after they were hit by the insurgency of Boko Haram.
“I am also in Dikwa to inspect education facilities and convert the renovated Dikwa Resort Center along Mafa Road to a Skills Acquisition Center to train 500 to 600 students on 14 various skills or trades , and after six months, those who were trained will be supported with working tools and small financial assistance to start up their own businesses.”
Zulum disclosed that the state’s budget for 2020 will include all educational projects to fast-track execution. He also noted that there were plans to establish a technical school from the skills acquisition center. Funds in the amount of ₦20 million will be provided at the start as well as proper staffing.
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