Story by: Temitope Ogunleye
The Dangote Group, owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, recently began the construction of a $1 billion cement factory in Okpella, Edo State while simultaneously celebrating the billionaire businessman’s 59th birthday.
The project slated to complete 26 months will create 6,000 direct jobs and 45,000 indirect jobs in the community.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dangote explained that the project will meet local demands for cement as well as surplus for export and foreign exchange generation. He also urged other investors to look at other investment opportunities in Nigeria, saying the federal government has created investor friendly policies to boost investments.
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state while commissioning the project, noted that the investment will reduce the state’s dependence on federal allocation and boosts its internally generated.
Dignitaries at the ceremony include; the Emir of Kano Alh. Sanusi Lamdi, Mr. Femi Otedola, Alh. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje “Gov of Kano state”, Hon. Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, Hon. Kayode Fayemi, Alh. Bashir Othman Tofa, HRM. Dr. A.Y.E Idirisu, Gov. of Kogi state represented by Mrs. Folashade Ayoade “SSG of Kogi State” among others.