Dangote affirms resilience of economy
Assures distributors of improvement in supply chain
PRESIDENT of Dangote Group and Chairman of Dangote Cement Plc, Aliko Dangote has urged Nigerians to see the current economic challenges being faced by the country as a wake up call for all Nigerians to re dedicate themselves to the task of building the nation through production activities
Besides, Dangote also informed its stakeholders of ongoing efforts to refine the service being provided so as to add more value to them especially in the seamless delivery of the product.
Dangote added that though the economic downturn is ravaging most countries of the world including Nigeria, the situation is not insurmountable if properly addressed stating that it could also served as stepping stone that will make the country to be more economically stronger in the future.
Dangote who has always expressed his abiding faith in Nigeria as an economically viable nation told a delegation of cement distributors from across the country who paid him a visit in his office in Lagos that Nigeria still remain the destination of choice for investments despite the economic and security challenges.
He explained in a statement that with good support for the government of the day in the task of tackling the challenges and the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, the current challenges would soon be a thing of the past and Nigeria would come out stronger from it.
He said: “I have always said it that Nigeria is a good place to investment. God has given us in Nigeria what many other countries don’t have and they keep searching for it. We have got fertile land for agriculture, we have the minerals resources and we have oil. All we need to do is to harness them for our good.
“The present challenges we are facing should not deter us from going our economy. It shouldn’t stop us from investing. It’s just a passing phases. Other countries whom referred to as developed started from somewhere. They all experienced some of these challenges in the past. So I want us to see these challenges as obstacles towards attaining greatness.”
Dangote told the distributors that it was for this reasons that he had continued investing in Nigeria’s economy because “If Nigerians do not invest in their country, other people would not come. They will want to see our success story before they can come.”
He then promised the distributors that his companies would continue to live up to expectation to ensure that there interests are protected at all times noting that as a matter of policy his companies have put in place an arrangement to consider relations of his distributors for job opportunities once there is opportunity for that.
Therefore, he stated that if there people who should benefit from the job opportunities provided by this investments, it should first and foremost go to the distributors who are the strategic integral part of his cement business.
Also speaking, his honorary Adviser, Engineer Joseph Makoju told the distributors that Dangote Cement is more than ready to meet and exceed their expectation saying the production capacity expansion is intended to make cement more available and subsequently bring down the price.
According to him, the Company has put in place certain processes to serve the distributors better than before. He referred to the payment for the bonus at half year instead of yearly as one of the new steps to better serve them.