Dangote Calls for Improved Funding to Fight Malaria
Speaking yesterday in Lagos when the Dangote Foundation, which he chairs, led other stakeholders in launching a private sector Engagement Strategy against Malaria (PSESM), Africa’s richest man and the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has called for improved funding to fight the malaria scourge in the country, stating that the effects on the nation and her economy are devastating, and “In addition to direct costs to businesses and the economy, it indirectly damages the economy through the deterioration of human capital, and loss in savings, investments and tax revenues. This is clearly too high a cost to society and to the economy.”
His remarks came on the heels of the 2016 Philanthropy of the Year award won by the Dangote Foundation at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) held at the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The awards ceremony is the initiative of CNBC Africa and ABN to recognize and reward outstanding African companies for their performance in 2015
According to a statement from the organizers of the awards, a total of Africa’s nine best business leaders were celebrated at the 2016 AABLA at the exclusive all Africa finale, held in Johannesburg and attended by prominent leaders of businesses drawn from across the continent, ambassadors and the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura.
At the West African regional stage of the awards held in Lagos on October 20, Dangote Foundation emerged winner of the Philanthropy of the Year award, setting the stage for its emergence as overall winner of the African Philanthropy of the Year award.
Receiving the award, the Chief Executive of Dangote Foundation, Ms. Zouera Youssoufou, thanked the organizers for the honor accorded the Foundation and Dangote Group