President Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, commiserated with the Dantata family of Kano State on the death, in Germany, of one of its most illustrious and industrious sons, Alhaji Abdulkadir Dantata.
President Jonathan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Mr Reuben Abati, joined the family, the people of Kano and other Nigerians in mourning the late Chairman and co-founder of one of Nigeria’s leading construction and engineering companies, Dantata & Sawoe Limited.
Jonathan prayed God Almighty to grant eternal rest to Alhaji Abulkadir who, along with his other siblings, successful carried forward the expansion and diversification of the business empire founded by their famous father, late Alhaji Sanusi Dantata.
He further prayed God to comfort Alhaji Abdulkadir’s family and heirs, and give them the wisdom and fortitude to maintain and build on his worthy legacy of remarkable contributions to the economic development of Nigeria.
Abdullahi Dantata died in a German hospital on Tuesday.
Until his death, he was the chairman of Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company. He was an uncle to business mogul, Dr. Aliko Dangote
He was born on 1 September, 1945, at Sarari Dantata Quarters in Kano into a family that had a history of trading and commerce.
Dantata attended Arabic schools in Libya, Sudan and Kumasi in Ghana. He returned to Nigeria in 1960 and completed his senior primary education at Kuka, Feggie, Kano. He later got teachers’ grade two certificate in 1958. Thereafter, the late Abdulkadir Dantata committed his entire life to business. He was into cotton, groundnut and agricultural products.
His company, Dantata & Sawoe Civil Engineering Company, had until his death, grown to become one of the thriving and biggest road construction companies in Nigeria for the past 25 years.
The company later diversified into food, beverage processing and other business interests. In the 1960s the Dantata conglomerate was rated the largest produce-buying agent of groundnut in Nigeria.
In 1980 the elder Dantata relinquished his business interests to his son, Abdulkadir Dantata, who co-founded Dantata & Sawoe.
Abdulkadir, a relative of Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, had several business interests in beverage, building and road construction sectors.
The late Dantata is survived by six siblings, many children and wives.
Meanwhile, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in a statement by his Director of Communication and Strategy, Alhaji Baba Dantiye, said Alhaji Dantata would be missed because of his contribution to the economic development of the nation.