President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Friday, pledged to support social policies and human development initiatives of the Kano State government aimed at ameliorating the economic burden in the state.
Dangote, who made the pledge when he met with Governor Abba Yusuf at the government house in Kano, acknowledged that the common man could hardly survive the current harsh economic situation in the country.
He, however, promised to support the Kano State government to improve the health and education sector and at the same time, empower the less privileged in the state.
Dangote said: “We are here first of all to congratulate you (Governor Yusuf) 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 I was addressed as the richest black man but you can address me as a Kano indigene. I am your subject and you can always call on me for cooperation to see how do we develop Kano.
“And going forward, we really need to see how we can develop areas of health, education, empowerment; how do we assist the government because government cannot do it alone.”
In a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature, Dangote added: “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.
“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 would 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 supposed to have been here before now but I traveling a lot.
“Not that we took the government for granted because I really want to have enough time to come and tell you that we believe in your administration and we are ready to support you.”
In his remarks, Governor Yusuf solicited support of the oil magnet 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 Kano desperately needs the establishment of a sickle cell hospital to provide free medication for the patients.
The Governor pleaded with the business tycoon for the completion of the gigantic projects initiated by Dangote Foundation which include Accident and Emergency ward, Surgical and Theatre complex and maternity/ pediatric building all in Murtala Muhamnad Specialists Hospital.
He noted that as a proud indigene of the state, Alhaji Dangote is capable of executing as many projects as possible.
He said: “That is why I am using the opportunity to solicit and appeal for alot from you to the people of the state.
“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 Accident and Emergency ward, Surgical and Theatre complex and maternity/ Pediatric building all in Murtala Muhamnad Specialists Hospital.”