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Dangote comissions therapeutic food factory in Kano

ALIKO Dangote, the president of the Dangote Group, promised yesterday to enter into an agreement with states, local governments, and indigenous producers of Nutri-Ready-to-Use K’s Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to ensure a sustainable supply of the product to primary healthcare centers that treat severe and acute malnutrition (SAM).

He said this yesterday at the Kano opening of a factory that will create the RUTF.

Dangote recalled the notion as one of his late brother’s ideas, and he expressed delight that it had come true and will continue.

“I recall my late brother Sani telling me that he would start local production of RUTF in Kano to complement the Foundation’s efforts at fighting malnutrition in Nigeria. I am glad his vision has come to fruition today. He was a visionary leader and his legacy lives on.

“I commend the board and management of the company for the bold initiative of building this new and massive factory dedicated to the manufacturing of RUTF that will revolutionize the fight against hunger and rare acute malnutrition in Nigeria…Nigeria needs to end the scourge of this severe acute malnutrition and the establishment of this factory today takes us closer to that goal and I am sure we will achieve that very soon,” he said.

Malnutrition is one of the most critical development concerns, according to the World Bank, and Dangote believes it can have a lifetime impact on a child. “A child’s first few years are critical for growth and development.

“According to the World Health Organisation( WHO), well-nourished children are 33 per cent more likely to escape poverty as adults. On the other hand, childhood malnutrition can lead to lifetime consequences including lower IQ, poor social-emotional skills and weaker immune system, so it is very important, it is not a joke,” he stated.

“According to the World Health Organisation( WHO), well-nourished children are 33 per cent more likely to escape poverty as adults. On the other hand, childhood malnutrition can lead to lifetime consequences including lower IQ, poor social-emotional skills and weaker immune system, so it is very important, it is not a joke,” he stated.

Dangote also stated that RUTF production in Nigeria is significant since it is one of the Aliko Dangote Foundation’s (ADF) strategic achievements, which is to minimize the number of lives lost to malnutrition and disease.

He also stated that combating children’s plight is at the heart of the ADF as a means of improving children’s lives through investments in health, education, and economic empowerment.

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