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Communities in Ogun Lament Lack of Basic Amenities despite Dangote’s N110bn Tax Remittances

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Documents obtained by NewsNow reveal that Dangote Cement Limited has remitted over N110 billion as tax to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Ogun State government within 36 months (2021-2023).

In 2021, a total of 32,462, 664,910.08 was shared, with Ogun receiving N921, 094, 294.6 and the federal government getting 31,541,570,615.45.

In 2022, the amount shared was 39,354, 705,409.22, with the federal government receiving 37,703, 832,035.03 and the state government receiving 1,650,873, 374.19.

In 2023, the shared amount was 38,715, 913, 399.70, with Ogun getting 2,238,591,155.26 and the federal government getting 36,477,322, 244.44.

So far, the federal government has received N105,722,724,894.97 and the state government has received N4, 810, 558,824.02 from the mining company between 2021 and 2023.

Dangote Ibese plant, which operates in 17 communities in Ogun State, produces 12 million metric tons of cement annually. However, despite the substantial tax contributions, the host communities continue to face a lack of basic amenities.

A visit to some of the host communities revealed the deplorable state of the area, with many impassable roads in urgent need of reconstruction.

Residents also suffer from health hazards and poverty, allegedly caused by the emission of cement dust from the plant.

Locals expressed frustration at being neglected in the company’s recruitment plan and accused the company of exploiting natural resources without consideration for the wellbeing of the indigenous population.

A laboratory study has shown that inhaling cement dust may lead to severe health complications, including respiratory issues.

Additionally, the multi-national company has been accused of environmental offenses, prompting dissatisfaction from the state government.

The state commissioner for environment expressed concern about the impact of the plant on its surroundings and emphasized the need for cooperation between the company and the government.

Despite efforts to obtain a response from the Dangote group, no reply was received at the time of filing the report.

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