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  Dangote commiserates with Republic of Congo

Dangote donates $500,000 to victims of Congo ammo dump explosion.

President/Chief Executive officer of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has helped ameliorate the sufferings of victims of ammunition dump explosion in Congo with a donation of $500,000.
Dangote announced the donation while on condolence visit to the President of Republic of Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso. Speaking at the President’s office in Brazzaville, Dangote said the visit was to commiserate with the President and people of Republic of Congo on the ammunition dump explosion that killed over 200 people.

A series of explosions at an ammunition depot on March 4 killed 200 people and wounded about 2,000 more in Brazzaville, the capital of Republic of Congo. The explosions occurred shortly when a fire at the depot set off a cache of tank shells.

He said Dangote Group feels the pains and sufferings of the victims of the explosion adding that the donation is a gesture towards ameliorating the plight of the affected people. He prayed that such disaster will not occur again in Congo. According to him, the group identifies with the Republic of Congo which informed its decision to site a cement plant in the country.
Responding, the President of Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguesso expressed appreciation for the donation saying that the gesture is a true reflection of Dangote Group’s pan African stance. Thanking Dangote for the donation, he said that Africa needs people like who have human sympathy and responds quickly to reduce the impact of disasters.

The Congolese President stated that Government has started reconstruction of houses affected in the explosion adding that “this contribution will go a long way in building new houses for the victims. He said that he is deeply touched by the gesture.

The president also thanked Aliko Dangote for the Group’s projects in the country.
Following the condolence visit, the minister of State in the Ministry of industrial Development and Private Sector Promotion Rodolphe Adada with a nine man entourage visited Dangote Cement’s Ibese and Obajana plants in Nigeria.

Speaking after the fact finding visit, Rodolphe described Aliko Dangote as a sure partner in industrial development as well as job creation in Congo. According to him, “it is a privilege for Congo to be part of the 14 countries where Dangote Group is building cement plants. We are very ready to facilitate the establishment of the Dangote Cement plant in our country.”

He added that 400 hectares of land has been allocated to the company and the ground breaking ceremony will soon take place.


Publication date is 4/4/2012



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