LCCI Lauds Dangote Group For Partnering Govt On infrastructure, Job Creation
The sustained efforts by Dangote Industries Limited at providing basic infrastructure through various intervention projects were acknowledged by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday, when its President, Dr. Micheal Olawale-Cole, noted its significant interventions in such areas as food sufficiency, road construction, housing, and energy.
Speaking during Dangote Group’s Special day at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair, Olawale-Cole said that through such interventions, the foremost indigenous conglomerate has remained at the forefront of job creation, while its products and services have touched the lives of millions of people across the African continent and beyond.
He enjoined other corporate bodies to emulate Dangote by partnering government through the provision of infrastructure, even if it has to be through a tax credit scheme, introduced by the Federal Government.
Speaking earlier, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Dangote Group, Rabiu Umar, who welcomed participants to the special day, said the group is passionate about deepening the Nigerian economy through industrialisation, job creation, provision and rehabilitation of essential infrastructure, and the welfare of the citizens.
It is the desire to promote industrialization, he said, that informed the group’s decision to become a strategic partner with all the major Chambers of Commerce across the nation.
“Our participation at all major trade fairs across Nigeria demonstrates our belief that Chambers of Commerce & Industry occupy a unique position in driving economic development through their activities. Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) occupies a unique position as the pioneering chamber and has continued to play a ‘significant role in the economic growth of Lagos and Nigeria in general,” he stressed.
Umar added that the theme of the fair “Connecting Businesses, Creating Value” resonates with Dangote Group, because all of its investment decisions are focused on creating value for all stakeholders across the subsidiaries. He said, “we have invested in several projects which are meant to create jobs and enhance rapid industrialisation of the Nigerian economy.”
Giving an insight into the activities of the subsidiaries, he said that the activities of Dangote Cement have had a multiplier effect, providing direct and indirect employment to millions of people across Africa.
He added, “Our food subsidiaries, Dangote Sugar Refinery, NASCON Allied Industries (Dangote Salt), and Dangote Rice are providing jobs through various schemes. Dangote Sugar Refinery, through its out-grower scheme, has provided jobs to thousands of farmers in the host communities. The coming of Dangote Fertiliser has to a great extent helped to change the face of agriculture in Nigeria while the Dangote Petroleum Refinery when functional will drive the development of ancillary industries which will utilize the byproducts as raw materials.”
Dangote Sugar Refinery also unveiled its new retail sugar packs during the event.
Speaking at the unveiling, Head of Sales & Marketing, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Rilwan Olawale Yusuf, said the new packs which come in three variants, 1 kg, 500 g and 250 g will improve on-shelf brand visibility and enhance consumer preference for ‘our brand.’ According to him, the new product package will establish a clear differentiation and enhance the attractiveness of the pack.