|Posted by republicofcongo25 on April 2, 2012 at 7:05 AM|
'The President/Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has donated the sum of $500,000 to help ameliorate the sufferings of victims of ammunition dump explosion in Congo.
A statement from the group said Dangote announced the donation while on condolence visit to the President of Republic of Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso.
Speaking at the President’s office in Brazzaville, Dangote said the visit was to commiserate with the President and people of Republic of Congo on the ammunition dump explosion that killed over 200 people.
A series of explosions at an ammunition depot on March 4 killed 200 people and wounded about 2,000 more in Brazzaville, the capital of Republic of Congo. The explosions occurred when a fire at the depot set off a cache of tank shells.
He said Dangote Group feels the pains and sufferings of the victims of the explosion, adding that the donation is a gesture towards ameliorating the plight of the affected people. He prayed that such disaster will not occur again in Congo.
According to him, the group identifies with the Republic of Congo which informed its decision to site a cement plant in the country.
Responding, President Sassou-Nguesso expressed appreciation for the donation saying that the gesture is a true reflection of Dangote Group’s pan African stance.
Thanking Dangote for the donation, he said that Africa needs people like Dangote who respond quickly to reduce the impact of disasters.
The Congolese president stated that government has started reconstruction of houses affected in the explosion adding that “this contribution will go a long way in building new houses for the victims.
The president also thanked Aliko Dangote for the group’s projects in the country.'