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Dangote Reacts to Favoritism Claims on Border Usage, Fires Bloomberg

The Dangote group described as misleading the recent reports published on Bloomberg which alleged that it’s cement branch was enjoying favoritism from the Nigerian government.

The report stated the popular cement distributors in West Africa was solely exempted from the Land Border Closure imposed by the Nigerian government, as it still exports it’s products.

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In a statement signed by Timilehin Oyedare, the Dangote Group labeled the report as ‘misleading,’ revealing that other companies also enjoy special access to the border.

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“Contrary to reports by Bloomberg that Dangote Cement was granted sole approval to export cement through the land borders, information has emerged that other companies also got approval to export through the land borders.

“Dangote Cement and other companies in July, 2020 got partial special dispensation to export their products with certain sequence of crossing at Ilela land border in Sokoto State and Ohumbe land border in Ogun State,” the company clarified.

Chief Branding and Communications of Dangote Group, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, also labeled the report as misleading and mischievous as it focused only on Dangote Cement as the sole beneficiary of the partial special dispensation, while refusing to disclose other names.

However, the Nigerian Customs Service has reportedly revealed that BUA Group and a gas company had also received presidential approval to move goods across the land borders.

This is said to have been clarified by Joseph Attah, the spokesperson for Nigerian Customs Service during a phone conversation with Politics Nigeria.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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