By Michael Eboh
Dangote Industries Limited has commended the leaders and members of Ibese community in Ogun State, for their support and co-operation in ensuring that work on the new cement plant being built by the company in the community remains on course for completion in record time.
To this end, the company, as parts of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) has donated the sum of N5 million to theÂ community towards re-building of the palace of the traditional ruler of the town gutted by fire recently.
In addition, the Group has announced plans to embark on the renovation of classroom blocks, expansion of the community maternity, provision of potable water and granting of university scholarships to indigenes of the community.
The President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, represented by the Group Executive Director Business Development Mr.DVG Edwin expressed gratitude to the leaders and people of Ibese Community for their support over the years.
He stated that Dangote Group attaches great importance to building very cordial relationships with host communities and other stakeholders.
He said, â€œBeing a good and responsible corporate citizen is a core business principle of the Dangote Group. We are always seeking out ways of making life better in any community where we operate.
â€œWe see ourselves as integral members of that community, and strive to work with the local authorities to find solutions to economic and social needs of the community.
â€œThis is because we believe that social harmony between our companies and their host communities is essential for sustainable business growth.
â€œThis is in addition to the guarantee of employment for a large number of indigenes at the cement plant upon completion. We are optimistic that the Ibese Cement Plant will spur a spiral of economic advantages for the community and and incubate entrepreneurial activities in its environs.â€
Responding, the Aboro of Ibeseland, Oba Joel Bamgbose, thanked the Dangote Group for bringing good tidings to the community, describing the President/Chief Executive of the Group, Aliko Dangote as a totally detribalised Nigerian whose investment decisions are not informed by primordial considerations.
According to him, the move to find a worthy investor who would unleash the economic potential of our limestone deposits dates back to 1963.
He said, â€œAfter being turned down by several national and international investors, our search ended the moment we made contact with the Dangote Group, who agreed to brave the enormous odds associated with an enterprise of this magnitude.
â€œThis speaks volumes of the faith the Group has in the Nigerian nation as an entity, and the Nigerian economy.â€
Meanwhile, the company noted that work is nearing completion on the 5.5mtpa Ibese Cement Plant, which is an integral part of the Groupâ€™s drive to achieve a 20mtpa local production target by the end of this year.