Reps score Dangote high on local content

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By David Agba

Federal lawmakers yesterday said the Dangote Cement plant at Obajana surpassed their expectations on adherence to Local Content, adding that they were shocked by the facility at the factory.
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Local Content who were on tour of the huge Cement Plant in Kogi state, described the factory “as a must see plant for all Nigerians.”
The lawmakers, who were apparently astounded by the 13.25 million metric ton cement plant capacity, described it as shocking.
Speaking on behalf of the 15 lawmakers who visited the plant, the chairman of the committee Hon Emmanuel Ekon said: “My view about Obajana Cement Plant is a little shocking; shocking in the sense that what we saw on ground actually surpassed expectations.”
He added that Obajana Cement Plant “is a must see plant for every Nigerian.”
According to him, “ This was a great vision that has materialized into reality. How we wish other very wealthy Nigerians can emulate Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”
Speaking also, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon Suleiman Yahyah Kwande said: “We are very impressed with what we saw on ground. I wish we have more investors like Alhaji Aliko Dangote. “
He added: ‘I think if the IOCs can take a cue from Dangote’s charity and CSR works, there would be peace in the Niger Delta.”
The lawmakers said that Dangote Cement has adhered to the Local Content policy, and has even gone ahead to train Nigerian young engineers at its Dangote Academy.
In his reaction, Plant Director of the Dangote Cement Obajana Mr. JV Gungune said the capacity of the plant will soon be upgraded, assuring that more jobs will be created for Nigerians.
The lawmakers who visited also include: Ogbene Ego, Darematics Ombugadu, Hassan Saleh, Sunday Karimi, Muhammad Umar Jega, Olatunji Shoyinka, Joseph Bamghose, Saheed Fijabi, Kehinde Agboola, Abiodun Olasupo, Aminu Tukur, Zakariya Galadima and Ete Mbora.
The lawmakers are billed to visit other plants of Dangote Group in some parts of the country.

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