President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has revealed what his top priority in Nigeria is.
The billionaire businessman spoke at the weekend in Okpella, Edo State during the ground breaking ceremony of its new 6 million metric tons capacity cement plant, located in the area.
Dangote stated that topmost on his priority contributing meaningfully to the reduction of unemployment in the country.
He said with more of his cement plants ready for commissioning in the next few months, more qualified youth will be gainfully employed.
“The high rate of un-employment in the country is worrisome. No doubt, the government is trying by creating an enabling environment for private businesses to grow and employ people and with the right policies, I am optimistic that the high unemployment rate will soon be significantly reduced”
Noting that the Okpella Cement Plant will employ a minimum of 45,000 Nigerians in both direct and indirect capacity, he said the number of Nigerians that will be employed in its ongoing fertilizer and petrochemical plants will be far more than the cement plants figure.
He urged the youth to shun unpatriotic acts, assuring them that the country is surely on the right track of growth and development.
Earlier, the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole lauded Dangote Cement for investing in Edo State. He urged other rich Nigerians to take a cue from Dangote and invest in the country.
The new 6 million metric tons cement plant is coming on the heels of similar arrangement for another 6 million mtpa cement plant in Itori, in Ogun state where the company is currently running a 12million mtpa cement plants at Ibese, in Yewa division of the state.
By this investment, Dangote’s production capacity will go up further to 41m mtpa, in Nigeria alone.