Aliko Dangote and Bono, lead singer of rock group U2 and Co-founder of The ONE Campaign, has launched a new partnership between the Dangote Foundation and The ONE Campaign to help tackle immediate and on-going challenges facing Nigeria which is targeted at strengthening efforts to improve healthcare and tackle malnutrition crisis especially in north east.
According to a statement signed by Edwin Ikhuoria on behalf of One Campaign, meeting with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in his office in Abuja, where they discussed the urgent need to address the malnutrition and employment crisis in the north east, as well as the importance of health in helping the country’s progress, Dangote explained that he is joining the board of ONE Campaign in order to strengthen civil society in Nigeria as well also support the country’s and continent’s continued economic transformation.
Dangote has donated about N4 billion through his foundation to help Internally Displaced People, IDPs, in the north east.
The partnership will focus on the most marginalised citizens, particularly girls and women, who face the brunt of poverty and help empower those most at risk from extreme poverty, extreme climate and extreme ideology and help amplify the calls of millions of Nigerian ONE members, who have been campaigning for years on issues including health, anti-corruption and agriculture.
Bono and Dangote over the weekend visited the IDPs in Maiduguri and Bono said that after interaction with the IDPs in Borno, it is clear that the true statistics and picture of the situation can only be ascertained when the IDPs are visited.
According to Dangote “I’m investing in ONE and partners across Nigeria to strengthen civil society and help the government respond to our on-going health needs and the urgent malnutrition crisis in north east Nigeria. ONE’s extensive network of youth groups and its 2.3 million members will help bring international attention to and action on these issues. All of us can and must do more.”
Bono who revealed that the advocacy group is targeting an aggressive fund drive beyond $300 million target said, “I’m proud to be standing alongside Aliko Dangote, whose Foundation works for the future of Nigeria and Africa through its young people.
The youth of Nigeria, Africa and indeed anywhere are like rocket fuel – there are no limits to how far they can go, they can transform the continent – or they can blow up in your face. Harnessing their energy requires investment in their education employment and healthcare.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation of more than 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Over 2 million of its members are Nigerians. A land mark achievement for the One is the radical push it initiated that saw the cancellation of Nigeria’s $30 billion debt by the Paris Club during President Obasanjo’s regime. It partners with Bill Gates Foundation, Bloomberg, Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Dangote Foundation among others to fight injustice and poverty globally especially in Africa.

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