ONE Campaign, the world famous humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, has announced the appointment of the President/Chief Executive, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote as a member of its executive board.
A statement from the anti-poverty group said Dangote, one of Africa’s most prominent business leaders, will bring his wealth of expertise and experience to bear on development and poverty fighting efforts.
The announcement follows shortly after Dangote and ONE’s co-founder Bono during a visit to a camp for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, fleeing from instability caused by Boko Haram in the North East, observed that without immediate aid, about 50,000 children would risk death this year.
In view of this, a partnership between ONE and the Dangote Foundation was struck to strengthen civil society and boost efforts to fight poverty and preventable diseases in Nigeria.
“On behalf of the board and ONE’s seven million members worldwide, I am delighted to welcome Aliko Dangote. It is a privilege to have someone with so much knowledge and experience to help guide the efforts of ONE.
“We are at a crucial point in the fight against extreme poverty with many opportunities, but also many challenges. It is only by working with someone of Aliko Dangote’s calibre that we can succeed in our aim,” Tom Freston, chairman of ONE’s board, said.
In his remark, the richest man in Africa expressed his happiness of signing up to be part of ONE which he described as “incredible”.
“I am extremely happy to be part of this incredible organisation. The goal of ending extreme poverty is so important that everyone has a duty to help, and I am honoured that I too will be able to play my part by advising and supporting the leadership of ONE,” Dangote said.