ABUJA, (Sundiata Post) – At least 50,000 jobs would be created when the ongoing investments by Africa’s industrial giant, Dangote Group, in Niger State kicks off.
The Dangote Group is investing heavily in rice and sugar production in the State, the conglomerate’s Executive Director in charge of Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications Mansur Ahmed said at the Dangote Special Day on Thursday.
Dangote Group is the major sponsor of the 15th Trade Fair organised by the Niger Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.
The 15th Trade Fair holding in Niger State Capital, Minna, has as its theme: ‘Patronizing Made in Nigeria Goods.’ It opened on May 23, 2017 and is billed to end on Saturday June 3, 2017.
Dangote Group is injecting $450million in the agricultural sector of the State.
He said the Group was not only interested in making profit but touching lives meaningfully through job creation and philanthropic activities.
He said Niger State was now on the radar of the Group in its bid to tap into the abundance business opportunities in the State.
Speaking, President of the NCCIMA Dr. Umar Ahmed Bakai said the presence of Dangote is a good omen for the State.
“Dangote Group represents Made in Nigeria. It is creating jobs for Nigerians and thereby creating wealth and contributing to IGR in States,” he said.
He urged Dangote to also consider investing in Sheanut as the State has a huge supply of the product.
Wife to the Governor of the State Dr. Amina Abubakar said she was happy that Dangote was in Niger, just as she urged the Group to extend its humanitarian gesture to women in State.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly Ahmed Marafa described Niger State as friendly and peaceful, assuring that Dangote Group will have huge return on investments.
The Director General of NCCIMA Adamu Salihu said the partnership between the Dangote Group and his Chamber is robust as Dangote Group is the biggest promoter of Made in Nigeria goods which is the theme of the 2017 Trade Fair.
“As an excellent stakeholder and market leader, the participation of Dangote is highly commendable,” he said.
He added that: “We are partnering with Dangote to further complement their presence in our State. We expect that the Fair will open new business frontiers for the Group, and we are pleased to be a partner in its success story in Niger State.”
He said the theme of the fair was chosen to encourage the use of local products, technology and services so as to generate employment, create wealth for Nigerians and improve IGR for all tiers of government.
Our reporter said the Dangote pavilion at the Trade Fair is a Mecca of a sort as participants thronged the stand to have glimpse at its innovative products, and as well be a distributor of the company.
Some of the products with pocket friendly prices on display include the recently improved pasta (spaghetti and macroni).
A statement from the Corporate Communication unit of the Dangote Group said the Trade Fair offers the Dangote Group an opportunity to display its numerous innovative products which include the recently introduced Dan-Q Seasoning, sachet sugar, salt, tomato paste and noodles, among others.