Dangote Reiterates Commitment to Job Creation for Nigerians
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate, Dangote Group, has reiterated its commitment towards creating more employment opportunities for teeming Nigerians, especially in immediate host communities.
Priding itself as the biggest employer of labour in the country, the diversified company noted it will continually seek ways to drive innovation and value creation across Africa.
The Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations, Dangote Group, Mrs Hajiya Halima Aliko-Dangote, made this known during the Dangote Special Day at the 2021 Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF) on Wednesday in Lagos.
The trade fair is a powerful marketing medium that brings together thousands of buyers and sellers in one location over a period of ten days, starting from Friday, November 5 to Sunday, November 14 with the theme Connecting Businesses, Creating Value
In her input, the Group Chief Commercial Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, represented by Mr Rabiu Umar, averred that the fair would serve as an opportunity to widen the awareness of the group’s products such as sugar, salt, tomato paste, noodles, pasta, fertiliser and its 650,000BPD refinery coming on stream soon.
She said, “Our interest goes beyond profit-making, to supporting the government in job creation, reducing poverty, and engaging in unprecedented philanthropy. In achieving these, we respect the laws of the land where we operate.
“With all sense of humility, we can say that outside of government, the Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria.”
Lauding Dangote Group efforts towards economic development across the continent, the President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mrs Toki Mabogunje, said, “We appreciate the passion of the group’s leadership in providing solutions to the problems governments have not been able to solve in areas of food sufficiency, housing, and energy.
“The group’s operations have created millions of jobs across Africa and contributed immensely to the GDP of many countries.”
The 35th edition trade fair, hosted by the LCCI, is an initiative to facilitate trade, commerce and investment as over 200,000 visitors are expected while about 1,500 exhibitors from 16 countries are participating.