Obajana instrumental to Dangote Cement presence nationwide, Company admits
Management of Dangote Cement Company has admitted that the location of its largest Cement Plant at Obajana has made it easy in making their products available to the entire Nigerian population and beyond.
Obajana is located in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The Manager operations for the plant, George Ofurum made this known in an exclusive chat with InsideStory crew in his office on Tuesday at the Cement Factory when the committee set up by the state government to find out the nature operations of mining companies in the state paid a fact finding mission to the Plant.
Mr. Ofurum, who praised the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello for creating the enabling environment for them to operate, added that it was the receptive nature of the people of the state that has encouraged their smooth operations.
The Manager, who further described Lokoja as the geographic centre-piece of Nigeria, added that such placements has given them an edge over others located either in one extreme end of the country or the other.
He said the company had in the past suffered the challenge of insecurity which had led to the kidnap and even execution of some of its expatriates, stressing that the situation has changed because of the pragmatic approach of the present government in the provision of security for lives and property.
The Chairman of the committee, Edward Onoja had earlier intimated management of the reason for their visit to the company, saying the government was sincerely concerned about whatever challenges they may face in their operations.
He said the administration of Yahaya Bello was serious about making Kogi State the industrial hub of Nigeria by tapping into all its potentials to bring them to use for Kogi’s overall development.
Onoja said the committee resulted from the first ever Economic Summit organised by the state, stressing that the intention of government was to ensure there is a win-win situation for all stakeholders and governments at all levels.
On their parts, the state commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Sanusi Usman Yahaya and the Chairperson Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) in Kogi State, Hassiat Suleiman, both stressed the concern of the state government in ensuring that mining companies in the state carry out their operations within the legal provision.
They said the government of Yahaya Bello was committed to ensuring the natural resources the people are endowed are utilised in creating needed prosperity for the entire state.