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SHOWDOWN: Kogi shuts Dangote Cement at Obajana

Kogi state house of assembly has ordered the shutdown of Dangote Cement Company at Obajana.

The assembly resolved to shut down the company, pending its submission of relevant documents backing up its operations and ownership structure, especially the transition from Kogi Cement to Dangote Cement.

The assembly 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 10 percent shares of the state in the company, the company’s social responsibilities to the state and other benefits.

These were part of the assembly’s resolutions on Tuesday after considering the ad-hoc committee’s interim report by Isah Tenimu.

The assembly 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.

Leeman Salihu, external solicitor of Dangote Cement Company, had submitted some documents, which are a certificate of incorporation and an agreement signed in 2002 and 2003, but sought the indulgence of the assembly to allow other discussions on the issue to be out of the public glare.

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

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

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

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