Special Recognition to Africa Richest Man – Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

The African Industrial Global Union  has hailed the President of Dangote Group – Alhaji Aliko Dangote for
his investments, which have created thousands of jobs across Africa.

The body, at a meeting in Lagos, called for a special recognition for
the African entrepreneur, describing him as a success story from Africa
who African countries must be proud of.

At a network meeting on unionisation in Dangote Group, organised by
the Industrial Global Union, Africa Region, in Lagos, the union leaders
said Dangote has offered a relief to Africa from the negative narratives
the western countries latched on to discredit the continent and her
They stated that as Dangote is so patriotic as to dot African soil
with billions of dollars investments, creating jobs and reducing
poverty, he needs to be given special recognition to motivate others to
toe similar line.
Relishing the prospect of an African country hosting the largest
refinery and petrochemicals project, the union leaders said they planned
to bring the business mogul to address them at their next African
The Regional Secretary, sub-Sahara Africa, Fabian Nkomo, said the
body cherished Dangote’s business acumen and would like to work closely
with him to ensure that job quality is maintained.
He said no African has invested so much in Africa, so Dangote should
be encouraged. “He has helped governments across African states to
create vital jobs and reduce poverty among our people. The union is
proud of him,” Nkomo stated.
The Africa Regional Chairman of Industrial Global Union, Issa Aremu,
who is also the General Secretary of Textile Workers Union, praised
Dangote for leading industrialisation in the continent.
Aremu acknowledged Dangote’s efforts at re-industrialisation of the
continent, stimulating its growth and creating jobs for its huge
The labour leader lauded Dangote’s commitment to sustainable
industrial development, urging governments to provide favourable
environment for investments and improve infrastructural development.
He added that it was time Dangote Group entered into
mutually-rewarding engagement with relevant unions even as he called on
trade unions to support businesses through improved productivity.
Aremu alluded to the $12b refinery, petrochemicals and fertilizer
projects, which, he said, will be a revolution in the Nigerian
industrial space when completed.
As partners in progress, Aremu pledged  to ensure business-friendly unionisation of Dangote workers.

He also cautioned the unions involved to be proactive and strategic
in handling the exercise, saying, “We need to show that we are partners
to improve on the businesses of Dangote. We are talking of unionization
because there is an investment in which workers are engaged. If there
are no businesses, we can’t be talking of unionism.”

The Industrial Global Union, with headquarters in Geneva,
Switzerland, represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the
cement, mining, energy and manufacturing sectors.


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