Kogi Assembly Orders Closure of Dangote Coal Mining Sites in Olamaboro and Ankpa

By Sunday Ajayi – Lokoja

Kogi State House of Assembly at the investigative hearing at the Assembly Complex on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022 ordered for the closure of Dangote Coal Mining sites in Olamaboro and Ankpa Local Government Areas of the state pending their appearance before the ad hoc committee on fact finding mission on revenue generation for the state.

The Assembly gave the order at the investigative hearing by an ad hoc committee empowered to carry out an investigation on the activities of the multinational companies operating in the state as regards the revenue accrued to the state.

Speaking at the event, the Speaker of the Assembly, Matthew Kolawole frowned at the conduct of Dangote Company for failing to appear before the committee last week, stressing that the Assembly is empowered by the constitution of Nigeria, 1999 as amended to carry out such assignments and failure to respect the House, attracts sanction to any organization that runs foul of the order.

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He said with two invitations which the Company turned down and later an appearance without any concrete steps to furnish the House with the necessary information required of them, the Assembly has no other choice than to use it’s constitutional authority by directing the Commissioner of Police, Kogi state and Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to stop with immediate effect all mining activities at Dangote Coal Mining sites in the two local governments depending the time they will appear before the committee to give required information.
Earlier, the representatives of Dangote Company comprises of it’s External Solicitor, General Manager, Administration and General Manger, Logistics and Special Duties, Liman Salihu, Adinoyi Haruna, Ademola Adeyemi respectively had presented already prepared response to the questions availed the company through their earlier letter of invitation.

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According to them, the organisation is ready to provide more detailed information by the top management team of the company as required by the House on a date that is approved by the house.

Efforts to convince the House to step down their directive on the closure of their sites in the two Local Government Areas proved abortive as the committee is resolute on their stand for Dangote company to do the right thing in the state.

The Committee has adjourned sitting till Monday, 26th September, 2022 for continuation hearing, other companies like Managal Cement will also appear on the same date

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