Benue protests continued closure of Dangote Gboko Plant

The people of Benue State have protested against the continued closure of Gboko plant of Dangote Cement which was temporary shut down as a result of cement glut, occasioned by massive importation of the commodity.

A statement from Dangote Group said that the chairman, Gboko Local Government, Mr Nahan Zinda decried the continued closure of the Dangote plant, saying his local government has lost about N15 million in weeks.
  “Since the company was closed, cement price has gone up.  Our people have been jobless and suffering. It may also lead to anti-social behaviours. Our women who are doing petty businesses outside the gate are also complaining bitterly,” he said.
 He called on the federal government to expedite action by doing all it takes for the factory to reopen.
 Also speaking, Chairman of the Quarry Community Mr. Donald Tser, regretted that the closure of the factory has halted all commercial activities in Gboko Local Government.
 “We are afraid that our children may resort to anti-social behaviour and this is dangerous for Nigeria. We are calling on government to hasten the process of re-opening the plant,” he said.
 Mrs Grace John, who spoke on behalf of women traders in Gboko, said that social and commercial activities have virtually come to a halt and life was becoming difficult and appealed for the quick reopening of the plant in the interest of women traders.
 This is coming as the federal government through the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, intervened in the manufacturers-importers face-off, saying the manufacturers saved the nation N200 billion in foreign exchange in 2012 that could have gone into cement importation.
 It would be recalled that Dangote, the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside government, through a statement has attributed the glut to the massive importation of the product in the region.
Benue State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Conrad Werbga, said: “Importation impacts negatively on the economy. It causes lots of ripples. It comes with attendant negative consequences for our nation. The federal government must do all it could to reverse the trend.”

The people of Benue State have protested against the continued closure of Gboko plant of Dangote Cement which was temporary shut down as a result of cement glut, occasioned by massive importation of the commodity.

A statement from Dangote Group said that the chairman, Gboko Local Government, Mr Nahan Zinda decried the continued closure of the Dangote plant, saying his local government has lost about N15 million in weeks.
  “Since the company was closed, cement price has gone up.  Our people have been jobless and suffering. It may also lead to anti-social behaviours. Our women who are doing petty businesses outside the gate are also complaining bitterly,” he said.
 He called on the federal government to expedite action by doing all it takes for the factory to reopen.
 Also speaking, Chairman of the Quarry Community Mr. Donald Tser, regretted that the closure of the factory has halted all commercial activities in Gboko Local Government.
 “We are afraid that our children may resort to anti-social behaviour and this is dangerous for Nigeria. We are calling on government to hasten the process of re-opening the plant,” he said.
 Mrs Grace John, who spoke on behalf of women traders in Gboko, said that social and commercial activities have virtually come to a halt and life was becoming difficult and appealed for the quick reopening of the plant in the interest of women traders.
 This is coming as the federal government through the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, intervened in the manufacturers-importers face-off, saying the manufacturers saved the nation N200 billion in foreign exchange in 2012 that could have gone into cement importation.
 It would be recalled that Dangote, the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside government, through a statement has attributed the glut to the massive importation of the product in the region.
Benue State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Conrad Werbga, said: “Importation impacts negatively on the economy. It causes lots of ripples. It comes with attendant negative consequences for our nation. The federal government must do all it could to reverse the trend.”