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Nigerian Government applauds Dangote for vital roles in economic transformation

Dr. Iziaq Salako, Honourable Minster of State for Environment (2nd right); Azad Nawabuddin, Dangote Cement Ibese Plant Director (2nd left); Abdullaziz Kolo, Dangote Senior General manager Special Duty Projects (l); Ola Oresanya, Ogun State Honourable Commissioner for Environment (r), During the Minister’s Visit to Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant, in Ogun State       Photo: Dangote Group

*Dr. Iziaq Salako, Minister of State for Environment, commends promotion of best practices at Dangote Cement in regard to conception, planning, implementation, management of factories that are manufacturers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commended the leading roles being played by the Dangote Group to complement government’s efforts at diversifying the country’s economy and its dedication to promotion of best practices in operations.

The conglomerate, in a statement issued Thursday, February I, 2024,  noted Dr. Iziaq Salako, Honourable Minister of State for Environment, said this while on a familiarisation visit to Dangote Cement plant, at Ibese, in Ogun State.

The Minister’s remarks came as the Ogun State Government was said to have averred that Dangote Cement remains a key driver of the state’s economy with the siting of the continent’s second biggest cement plant in the state.

The statement noted Salako’s visit was followed by a community engagement preparatory to the Expert Panel Review of the report of an Environmental Impact Assessment carried out on Coal milling at the Plant.

The Minister also declared: “Dangote Industries as a whole is an international conglomerate and I am happy that the company is at the forefront of promoting best practices in terms of conception, planning, implementation, management of factories that are manufacturers like this.”

Dr. Salako and his entourage, who were received by the Plant Management, Mr. Azad Nawabuddin, Plant Director, described mining as one of the key industrial sectors that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has targeted for economic diversification as the West African country embarks on gradual shift from oil and gas dependency.

For this reason, Dangote Cement should be commended for the huge cement plant, which is creating jobs and opportunities for export, stated he.

Salako also disclosed that limestone mining activities, a key raw material in cement manufacturing, constitute one such area to which the attention of the Federal Government government is shifting.

The Minister of State for Environment equally noted that as mining sector has huge potential to develop the nation’s economy, many challenges are also associated with mining activities.

Commending Dangote Cement for its adherence to best practices, he restated: “Having gone round to see the operations in the plant, I give kudos to Dangote Cement for the automation and high technology-driven operations.”

Salako further explained that his visit to the plant was not unconnected with the Environmental Impact Assessment, which is being done on the plant Coal Mill.

He said: “There is a need for mining operations to be done in a sustainable manner so that the environment is not adversely affected.

“But I applaud Dangote Cement for being at the forefront of promoting best practices.”

Salako noted: “For us in the Ministry of Environment, it means we must also sit up.

“Mining as it comes with its advantages, also comes with its challenges.

“So, we must be up and doing, as we expand the economy and grow Nigeria.”

The Minister also explained: “We should also do it in a sustainable manner so that the environment is not adversely affected.

“We must continue in that respect to ensure that best practices are always promoted, environmental and social impact assessments are properly carried out, the stakeholders are properly involved, and the environment is properly protected so that our growth can be sustainable.

“That’s why we are here and I am happy that Dangote is at the forefront of that.”

Also speaking during the Minister’s visit, Ola Oresanya, Ogun State Honourable Commissioner for Environment, who represented Governor, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, said the state is a beneficiary of Dangote Cement’s presence with the amount of levies and taxes it has paid into the Ogun State coffers.

The Commissioner called for a more collaboration between the state agencies and the company.

He as well noted the state was not unaware of the activities of the plant to lift its host communities.

Ogun State will be more than ready to assist the company in any way possible, stated Oresanya.

In his remark, Mr. Nawabuddin took the Minister through the social investments and infrastructural milestones recorded by the Plant since inception.

He said the Company has been able to substantially contribute to infrastructure development and employment in the host communities.

The Plant Director told the Salako, that the plant deals with 17 host communities across Yewa North and Ewekoro Local Government Areas of the state.

According to him, they have greatly felt the impacts of the company through empowerment programmes and provision of infrastructure.

Mr. Nawabuddin told his guests that Dangote Cement Ibese Plant has been a major contributor to economic diversification efforts of both the state and federal governments by creating jobs, exporting cement and clinker to neighbouring countries to attract foreign exchange into the country, and paying humongous taxes and levies to the state and federal government.

The Community engagement that held after the Minister’s tour of the plant also saw the communities’ leaders thanking Dangote Cement for its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) projects so far for the people of Yewa.

The Olu of Imasayi, Oba Kuoye Olalekan, a top monarch in Yewaland expressed his subjects’ appreciation to Dangote Cement for its developmental strides in the area. “Dangote Cement is the transformer and illumination of Yewaland”, he stated.

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