By Olayemi R. Ibrahim
Federal Government said it will partner Dangote Group in the development of the Mines and Steel sector of the economy, a statement from Dangote said. According to the statement, the Minister of Mines and Steel, Musa Mohammed Sada disclosed this at the weekend when he led a delegation of his ministry official to the Ibese Plant of Dangote Cement in Ogun State. He said the government did not view Dangote Group as just a stakeholder in the economic rejuvenation of the country but as a development partner whose giant strides in entrepreneurship has helped in shaping government’s economic agenda. He said the exploits of the Dangote Group and the foresight in taking the lead role is worthy of emulation by other Nigerian investors. The minister said that if other Nigerians are doing what Dangote is doing, “what government would only do is to sit back and regulate the economy with appropriate investment friendly policies, while the operators take the front seat.” In his remark, the president of the Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote who was represented by a Director, Isa Tata, said the successful completion of the plant was in fulfillment of the desire of the Group to ensure the nation stops further importation of cement.