Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, thanked Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and president Dangote group for the donation of 150 patrol vehicles to Nigerian Police Force by Dangote foundation, saying the gesture would greatly assist the force toward fulfilling its mandate of protecting lives and property.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had earlier inaugurated the 150 patrol cars where he also stated that the support would boost security infrastructure in the country and further congratulates IGP Idris for the donation.
He said “I want to congratulate the IGP on this latest donation of 150 cars.
“I think this is going to be a great boost to our efforts at keeping security all over the country.
“I would also like to call on others, especially major corporate organisations that whatever cooperation and collaboration we can get from them will be greatly appreciated.
“We wish they could follow the very great example that has been set today by Dangote Group and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”
According to the vice president, besides the positive donation, the government and the people of Nigeria have benefitted greatly from the corporate social responsibility of Dangote Group.
Osinbajo recalled that the group was responsible for the building of 54km Obajana-Kabba Road, several health centres in Benue, Ogun and other parts of the country, as well as schools.
He said government was aware of the micro credit scheme the foundation gave to no fewer than 40,000 citizens, noting that the patrol vehicles were directed at security of the country.
The Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said the donation to police, being the highest from a private agency, was to support the police.
He said the donation was important in view of the present security challenges in the country, adding that the group spent N10 billion annually in interventions in education, healthcare and other economic activities nationwide.
“We are deepening our intervention in security by donating these automatic and Nigerian-assembled cars,’’ Dangote stated as he called on other corporate groups to follow suit.