Health Minister, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole has commended Dangote Group, for its unparallel and enormous intervention in the Health sector and urged other private sectors to take a cue from the firm.
Specifically, the minister, in a recent chat with a team from Dangote News, an in house journal of Dangote Group, lauded the support and partnership with the Aliko Dangote Foundation, even as he sought further collaboration with the conglomerate in the areas of malnutrition and malaria eradication.
President of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote has been advocating that the private sector operators in Nigeria commit one percent of their profit annually to funding health care services.
The minister said the partnership with the Dangote Group is crucial in view of the inadequate funding in the healthcare sector, adding that Aliko Dangote has enormous influence in the sector and his involvement in the general economic well being of the nation is unquantifiable.
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has been championing the eradication of Polio Virus and malaria in Nigeria as well as providing micro grants to vulnerable women in all the local governments of the federation to boost the economy at the grassroots.
Adewole said: â€œMy message to the President of Dangote Foundation is to sincerely appreciate his unparalleled support to the health sector and to urge him to champion the drive to secure private sector funding for the health sector. Generations of Nigerian children yet unborn will ever be grateful to him and the Foundation.â€
He added: â€œIt is worthy of note that as I mentioned earlier, Dangote Foundation and BMGF have contributed immensely to the reduction of inaccessible population in Borno State by one third within a period of six months through funding of the two key programme innovations to reach trapped populations know as Reaching Every Settlement (RES) and Reaching Inaccessible Children (RIC).
â€œThe duo are very influential in the public health sector in Nigeria as the President of Dangote Foundation and the Co-chair of BMGF have direct access to the highest level of political leadership. The duo in February 2009 successfully mobilized the Nigerian Governorsâ€™ Forum to sign a commitment to support polio eradication with funds and oversight. That commitment, popularly known as â€˜Abuja Commitmentâ€™ was revalidated in January 2016.â€
Aliko Dangote Foundation was recently rebranded and endowed with $1.25billion, making it the largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa. It would focus on health, education and economic empowerment among other things.