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Kogi Assembly orders the shutdown of billionaire, Aliko Dangote Cement

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Kogi State House of Assembly resolved to shut down Dangote Cement Company situated at Obajana pending its submission of relevant documents that back up its operations and ownership structure, especially the transition from Kogi Cements to Dangote Cements.

The House considered inviting former Governor Ibrahim Idris to shed light on the considerations given to the State during the signing of an agreement between the company and the State.

These considerations include the ten percent shares of the State in the company, the company’s social responsibilities to the State and other benefits.

These were part of the House resolutions on Tuesday after considering the ad-hoc committee’s interim report by Hon Isah Tenimu.
The House also directed the Commissioner of Police, the State Commandant of Civil Defence Corps, and the Head of Vigilante Group in the State to ensure the resolution was enforced.

The External Solicitor of Dangote Cement Company, Mr Leeman Salihu, had submitted some documents, which are a Certificate of Incorporation and an agreement signed in 2002 and 2003 but craved the indulgence of the House to allow other discussions on the issue to be out of the public glare.

He pleaded that the House should allow the company to engage in further conversation with it and the state economic team. The request was, however, declined.

The House insisted that Kogi State Cement company could not have been transferred to Obajana Cement Company and then Dangote Cement Company 100 per cent without any consideration.

ETA ZUMA Mining limited company, which the House previously shut down for undermining the assembly, was ordered to be reopened, having submitted relevant documents requested for perusal.

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