President and chief executive officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko
Dangote, has called on the Benue State government to address the rapid
rise in the number and rate of taxes and levies being charged by the
revenue and tax agencies in the state.
Alhaji Dangote, who made the call during the commissioning of the
tri-cycles and mini cement depots purchased by the Dangote cement,
Gboko plant, for onward distribution to the host community said, in
recent times the Benue State Revenue and tax agencies have been too
hard on the plant with multiple taxes and over 500 percent increase in
taxes and levies.
“As a business, we have our own share of problems occasion by the
down turn in the Nigeria economy; we require your support to help us
stay in business not to drive us away by multiple taxes and levies.
Please your excellency, we are appealing to you to look into these
issues alongside the state house of assembly, with a view to lessening
our tax burden”
Addressing beneficiaries at the plant premises in Gboko, the
president and chief executive officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko
Dangote, who was represented by his special adviser, Engr Joe Makoju,
said, the gesture was to keep the company’s rules of engagement with
the host communities which is aimed at transforming the lives of the
people around the operational units.
“This scheme is aimed at empowering our host communities,
economically and socially, the mini cement depot and the tri-cycles
will among other things make cement available to people at affordable
prices, engage youths in more productive ventures, thereby eliminating
idleness and criminality in the minds of youths”
According to him, the 30 tri-cycles and 5 mini cement depots is part
of the company’s corporate social responsibility to the host community
to improve the community’s welfare and living standard.
“We are in Benue State to stay and do business, that is why our future
plans are already aimed at expanding our factory in a new site on the
opposite side of the existing plant and we need your cooperation and
an enabling environment for smooth operation of our business”
In his response, Governor Samuel Ortom who applauded the Dangote group
for leaving up to its corporate social responsibility also commended
management of the Gboko plant for recently paying N700 million as
taxes into government coffers with a promise to urgently looked into
issues raised by the management with a view to finding solution. ELANZANEWS.M