Dangote Cement Reacts to Raid on Obajana, Says Welfare of ‘Harmed Staff’ is Priority

Following the shutdown of Dangote Cement Company Obajana by the Kogi State Government, the company has in its first public statement in the issue, stated that its focus is on the welfare of the workers harmed during the raid.

The plant, according to the state government, was formerly owned by the government and improperly acquired by Dangote Industries Limited about two decades ago.

The Kogi State House of Assembly sealed the factory on Wednesday after the people of the state protested the questionable circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the company.

At least seven staff of Dangote Cement were shot in the fracas, and many of the injured persons were receiving treatment in various hospitals in the state.

In a notice sent to the Nigerian Exchange Group on Thursday, Africa’s largest cement producer promised to find a solution to the matter and reaffirmed its commitment to investors and customers.

The statement read: “On Wednesday, 5 October 2022, thugs and local vigilantes from the state invaded and sealed the Obajana Cement Plant over alleged claims of unpaid taxes and Kogi State Government purported equity interest in Dangote Cement Plc.

“This development led to several of our staff being harmed by these thugs and local vigilantes.

“While we reassure stakeholders and the public that we are taking firm action to address this situation, we reiterate that Dangote Cement Plc continues to perform its obligations as a compliant corporate organization.

“The welfare of our staff remains our key focus as we work hard to minimize the further impact on our people and operations.”

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