My grouse with Dangote – Ogun State Governor

Gov Ibikunle Amosun [Photo credit: Vanguard]

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday accused Dangote Cement Company of neglecting its corporate social responsibility in the state.

He said this has led to a strained relationship between him and Aliko Dangote, the business mogul and President of the Dangote Group.

Mr. Amosun stated this at a press conference in his office in Abeokuta.

The Governor said trucks conveying products of the company were major contributors to the damage to roads in the state, which he said the company has refused to contribute to fixing.

“Why I am against Dangote is that the heavy trucks of the company damage the roads. An example is Ilaro-Papalanto road. Is it the cars of our people that destroyed the roads? No! It is the heavy trucks of the company”, he said.

He said Dangote Cement operating in Ibese/Ilaro axis of Ogun West Senatorial District had contributed to damaging some of the roads.

Mr. Amosun said rather than the company to contributing towards the repair of the roads, it has kept mute, although it is known to be making big money in the state.

The governor said the company should rise up to the challenges of social responsibility to the people of the state.

Mr. Amosun disclosed that the state government had concluded financial arrangements for contractors handling road projects to return to sites which they had abandoned due to lack of funds.

Virtually all roads under construction across the state were abandoned over a year ago, following paucity of funds from the government.

Mr. Amosun said he has mobilised the contractors from the Paris Club refund, vowing that no road project would be left uncompleted at the end of his administration.

“We have mobilised our contractors back to sites. We shall ensure that all works are completed before we leave office. We are hopeful that Federal Government will give us another tranche of the Paris fund”, he stated.

The governor also called on the federal government to cede more of its roads to state governments for rehabilitation and construction, noting that the federal government cannot do it alone.

“We want federal government to cede all the federal roads in the state to the state government so as to repair them”, Mr. Amosun stated.

He pointed out that most of the federal roads in the state had been neglected and were in deplorable conditions.

He named some of the roads as Sagamu/Ogijo, Lagos/ Abeokuta, Papalanto-interchange, Lafenwa-Ayetoro, Papalanto/Ilaro and Lagos/ Ibadan.

He said‎ the state government spends about N400 million on federal roads every raining season to make the roads motorable, just as he also disclosed that the federal government was already owing the state N124 billion for repairing federal roads in the state.

“We always use N400 million every raining season to intervene on these roads, we will appreciate if the federal government can cede the roads to us, we have the capacity to do the roads better than what they can do.

“We realize we have two years to leave, Ogun standard is what we believe, we will continue to give our people the dividends of democracy. We have remobilised our contractors two weeks ago, they are now back on site, we will walk our talk”.

Mr. Amosun said some of the roads which the contractors are about to return to work on are the Ilo-Awela road, Moshood Abiola way, OGTV road, Akute road, Atan Agbara road and Akangba/Ilese road. ‎


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  • Gbolahan Obadimeji

    Is Dangote company not paying taxes and levies? You can’t compel them to repair the road. The best you can do is to tax and levy them

  • Wale Bolodeoku

    Mr. Governor, so the people of Obantoko and Osiele, within the state capital, whom you promised to fix their road should wait for Dangote to come and fix it? The votes of the poor is always needed to deliver victory to the ruling class, but sadly are neglected in the scheme of things once victory is won again and again. Just wonder how anyone with any measure of conscience could ignore that road seeing the suffering and toil people go through on that road in search of their daily bread.

  • Kemi

    This is disgraceful!!! Gov. Amosun should cover his face in shame by making these statements in public. It is the responsibility of the Ogun State Govt. to construct strong and durable roads and not to call on tax payers to come and repair damaged (cheaply constructed) roads. Is it Dangote’s heavy duty trucks and cars are the only vehicles that ply the roads in question? Gov. Amosun will have to pursue Mike Adenuga, Dantata, Otedola, Cash Madam, Alake of Egbaland, Chief Kessington Adebutu and many others whose cars and trucks ply the half baked or cheaply constructed Ogun State roads. Very bizarre and nonsensical!

    • Deansmart

      So because oil company are paying tax in niger dealta they should ignore social responsibilities anyway am not sure you people are from ogun state

      • Johnboye

        I’m Ogun born and bred. But that public statement belittles the governor in every sense

  • Kunle

    Gov Amosun, what do you use the taxes for? Ogun State generates more funds than any other state except Lagos. If the roads were of good standard, they would not collapse every raining season. It is also the responsibility of the government to provide an alternative like a rail network or is it Dangote’s job too?
    So many houses and roads were destroyed in the name of bridges and dual carriageway in locations where they are absolutely not needed, yet those projects never took off. Now they look like war zones and then you talk mobilisation so you can win elections. We’re watching you o.

  • Cincinnatus

    That’s how the two of them destroyed the Olokola FTZ $12 billion deal with greed and an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. They can’t just act with grace in the interest of the collective. It has to be what they want. God has to do something about this rich and powerful people.

  • Johnboye

    Before fixing federal roads, fix Ogun roads first. Instead of accusing Dangote here, why not write to the company? Doesn’t he pay tax?