**As Dangote Donates 150 Vehicles to Police By Dipo Olowookere Chairman of Dangote Group as well as the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Mr Aliko Dangote, has been applauded by Federal Government for doing much to grow the nation's economy and provide jobs for youths of this country. Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while speaking in Abuja yesterday at handing over of 150 fully kitted operational cars worth several hundreds of Naira to the Nigeria Police Force, urged other entrepreneurs in the country to emulate the Africa's richest man. Mr Osinbajo lauded the Dangote Foundation for the rare gesture and expressed the Federal Government\u2019s appreciation to Mr Dangote for his untiring support to the government, adding that the donation of cars patrol cars to the Nigerian Police Force will help the Force at combating crimes across the country. The Vice President described Mr Dangote as a rare entrepreneur who has done so much to grow the economy of Nigeria. He said the Government needs people like him to join hands with it to grow the economy and also provide jobs to the youth. "There have been a lot of talks on private-public partnership, but as we can see Alhaji Dangote is walking the talk," Mr Osinbajo said at the ceremony. Government\u2019s role, according to him, is to provide the enabling environment while the private sector should take advantage of the opportunities that abounds in the country to grow and develop the economy. \u201cThe donation of 150 cars to the Nigerian Police Force is laudable and we thank Aliko Dangote Foundation for this rare gesture, that is characteristic of the person of Aliko Dangote. He has shown over the years to be an entrepreneur with a difference, a man that gives willingly to the poor,\u201d he added. Also speaking at the event, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, said the donation was the single biggest donation ever by a private sector operator to the Police. Mr Idris expressed the appreciation of the Police Force to the Aliko Dangote Foundation, with a promise that the cars will be well utilized for the purpose for which they were donated. He urged Nigerians to go about their business lawfully, noting that the Police Force was now well equipped more than ever before to fight crime across the country. He assured that the Police Force will not disappoint Nigerians in the provision of adequate security across the country. On his part, Mr Dangote explained that the gesture was informed by the fact that security was essential to economic development. He said depending on how well the vehicles are maintained, his foundation may consider donating another batch of vehicles to the police. \u201cWe are gathered here today to mark the formal handover of a total number of 150 GAC saloon cars to the Nigeria Police Force in order to help boost their operational efficiency. I am told that today marks the single biggest number of operational vehicles ever donated to the law enforcement agency by a private organisation. \u201cConsidering the challenges government faces in meeting the entire needs of the populace for necessities like health, education and security, various Public Private Partnerships (PPP) initiatives have been developed. These are partnerships where the private sector collaborates with the public sector to provide services. The Foundation, according to Mr Dangote, has been active in the four areas of Health, Education, Economic Empowerment and Disaster relief, and had expended upwards of N10 billion annually. This is in addition to the CSR efforts of our various business units. While calling on other corporate organizations to rise up to the challenge of helping the security agencies in the country, Mr Dangote stated that his Foundation made a N50 million donation to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, and built the Police Intelligence Hostel Complex in Kwara State, all of which are part of the collaborations by the Foundation. \u201cToday, we are deepening our intervention in security with the donation of these 150 fully kitted operational vehicles to the Police Force. These vehicles will support the Nigeria Police Force in surveillance, crime prevention and promote law and order," he stated. Chairman of the CIG Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr Diana Chan, commended the Dangote Foundation for the uncommon gesture to help the security agency and provide it with logistics to aid its operations. He said the number of vehicles donated by the Aliko Dangote Foundation was unprecedented and that it has thrown the challenge to other private sector operators to come to the aid of the security agencies in the country. Yesterday's event was witnessed by top politicians including Governors, Ministers, business moguls and others.