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Kogi House of Assembly shuts down Dangote Cement plant

Aliko Dangote, Africas richest man and the company’s biggest shareholder, has been asked to meet with lawmakers, according to the state’s legislative arm. However, a statement seen by PREMIUM TIMES says that he wants more time to prepare.Infomation Guide Nigeria

Anthony Chiejina, the spokesperson for the Dangote Group, did not immediately answer an email asking for his thoughts.

When word got out that the factory was going to be shut down, many young people from the area rushed to the factory to force the workers out. However, officials from the state government stopped them.

One of their biggest complaints is that Dangote Cement isn’t doing enough to be a good corporate citizen. They say that the factory’s activities cause pollution that harms the environment and that the company doesn’t care about the community it is “making billions from.”

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People in the area sent a petition to the government, which led to an investigation into how the factory was bought 20 years ago..

Obajana Cement used to be owned by the state government, but in 2002, Dangote Cement bought it.

“It was found that no valid acquisition took place, as Dangote could not show evidence of what was paid as consideration for the acquisition,” the Kogi State Commissioner for Information Kingsley Fanwo told journalists.

“The House of Assembly therefore ordered the closure of the company pending when they are able to present it with credible evidence of a valid acquisition,” Mr Fanwo said, noting the decision became necessary following delay by Dangote to meet the lawmakers.

A separate document endorsed by the commissioner said a youth suffered gunshot injuries after gunmen hired by the factory opened fire.

“Today’s operation at Obajana has further opened the eyes of the State Government to the criminal hub that Obajana is fast becoming with the level of arms and ammunition deployed by hoodlums hired to stop the sealing of the company as directed by the State House of Assembly,” it said.Jamb Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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