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Dangote is a blessing to Senegal and Africa, says President Sall

Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited (l) and His Excellency Macky Sall President of Senegal Photos: Dangote Group

*His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, confers national honours on Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, in Dakar, describing the foremost business mogul as a blessing to Senegal and Africa as a whole

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, has described Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, as a blessing to Senegal and Africa as a whole.

President Sall, lauded the entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities of Dangote, a frontline businessman, while conferring the highest civilian award in Senegal, the National Order of the Lion Award, on him Friday, February 2, 2024.

L-R: Special Adviser/Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Ogun State, Segun Fowora; President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Aliko Dangote; Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations at DIL, Fatima Aliko Dangote; President of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall; and Country CEO, Dangote Cement Senegal, Ousmane Mbaye During the Conferment of National Award on Dangote, in Senegal  

Dangote Group, in a statement Friday, noted the Senegalese national laurel was in recognition of the successful partnership between Senegal and the conglomerate.

Likewise, the Federal Government of Nigeria also had commended Dangote for enhancing Nigeria’s reputation across Africa.

Musa Abdulqadir, Counsellor/Head of Chancery at the Nigerian Embassy in Dakar, Senegalese capital, made the commendation Friday  at the conferment of the Commander of the Order of the Lion on Aliko Dangote by the Senegalese President.

Abdulqadir said that Dangote Cement is regarded as having the best quality in the Senegalese market, which he noted has helped to create a favourable perception of Nigeria in the country.

According to him, Dangote Cement has become a household name, which has rebranded Nigeria and Nigerians in Senegal and proves that quality goods can be produced by Nigerian companies.

Only Africans can develop Africa, says Dangote

In his acceptance remarks, Dangote urged African investors to scale up their investments on the continent.

The business mogul also reiterated that “only Africans can develop Africa as they understand the continent better than foreigners.”

He said African investors also should consider it a patriotic duty to continue to invest in Africa, especially in the manufacturing sector.

The President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited stated that such a vision has propelled Dangote Cement to become Africa’s leading cement producer with 52.0Mta capacity across the continent while effectively eliminating Nigeria’s dependence on imported cement.

Dangote, who commended the government and good people of Senegal for the award, described the recognition as a clarion call to spearhead rapid industrialisation in Africa.

Dangote further said: “I regard this award as a call to do more in terms of investments across Africa as appreciating the efforts of African investors at creating value across the continent will spur them to do more.

“There is an urgent need to move Africa from the export of raw and unprocessed materials and net importer of finished goods to self-sufficiency in the manufacturing of goods where the basic inputs are available.”

According to him, the decision to invest in Senegal is part of Dangote Group’s Pan-African vision of creating value and providing thousands of direct and indirect jobs. Dangote, therefore, urged African entrepreneurs to invest in other African countries.

He averred: “Our cement plant in Pout, Senegal is one of our leading success stories across Africa.

“It is contributing to the Senegalese economy in taxes, direct and indirect jobs, and a boost of ancillary sectors such as block-making, and building projects, among others. “The plant has also contributed to the welfare of its host communities with several corporate social responsibility projects.”

It is recalled that Dangote earlier had been conferred with the Commander of the National Order of Valour of the Republic of Cameroon, the Grand Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Benin, and Commander of the Order of Merit of Niger.

He was also honoured with the Grand Commander, Order of the Niger (GCON) by the Nigerian Government.

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