Dangote Cement, one of the top 25 Nigerian Companies honoured by Forbes Africa and ABN Productions in 2012, has announced plans to bring a $45 million project to Sierra Leone. The project will see the company producing 1.3 metric tons of cement per year, as well as the production of 200 jobs, aiding in the countries fight to reduce unemployment.
The plans include the installation of a cement processing plant at the Queen Elizabeth ll Quay in Freetown, where the company will soon begin its operation. In a statement, Corporate Communications Officer (CCO) Tunde Oladipo, revealed that Dangote Cement participated in the recent trade fair at the National Stadium, organised by the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce. He stated that the company has a philanthropic wing called Dangote Foundation which has been active both inside and outside the shores of Sierra Leone, providing relief for victims of natural disaster. Furthermore, it has been improving many health care delivery systems and providing safe drinking water.
Mr Oladipo went on to disclose that the company has been awarded many international honours for effective delivery, high quality production and highlighted Dangote’s Corporate Social Responsibility on education, youth empowerment, health care and other areas requested by communities.
Finally, he was keen to stress that the company are not in Sierra Leone to exploit the country, but to contribute meaningful economic and social development.