The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has applauded Dangote Industries Limited following its projects that have over time provided basic infrastructure and job opportunities for Nigerians.
The President of LCCI, Dr Micheal Olawale-Cole gave the commendations on Monday during the Dangote Group’s Special day at the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair.
According to him, the leading indigenous conglomerate has rendered tremendous impact in tackling the challenges yet to be addressed by governments in terms of food sufficiency, road construction, housing, and energy.
He also said Dangote Group has been the vanguard of job creation even as its products and services have touched the lives of millions of people across the African continent and beyond.
He also called on other corporate bodies to emulate the group in leveraging the government’s efforts through the provision of infrastructure, even if it has to be through a tax credit scheme, introduced by the federal government.
Further, Dangote Sugar Refinery disclosed its new retail sugar packs during the event. Head of Sales & Marketing, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Rilwan Olawale Yusuf announced that 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.’
He added that the new product package will solidify a clear differentiation and improve the elegance of the pack.
On his part, the Group Chief Commercial Officer, Dangote Group, Rabiu Umar, announced that the group is committed to boosting the Nigerian economy through industrialisation, job creation, provision and rehabilitation of essential infrastructure, and the welfare of the citizens.
Umar said it is the desire to encourage industrialisation that informs their decision to become strategic partners with all the major Chambers of Commerce across the nation.
His words: “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.”
Umar noted that the theme of the fair “Connecting Businesses, Creating Value” resonates with Dangote Group, as all 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.”
Speaking on the activities of the subsidiaries, he revealed that the activities of Dangote Cement have had a multiplier effect, providing direct and indirect employment to millions of people across Africa.
“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,” he added.