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Obajana Controversy: Kogi Set To Drag Cement Company To Court

By Austin Alfa, Lokoja 

Lokoja-The last has not been heard of the Kogi-Dangote face-off over the ownership of the Obajana Cement Plant as the Kogi State Government, resolved on Friday to drag Dangote Cement Plc to court and reclaim what rightfully belongs to the people. 

The decision to go to court was taken at an emergency meeting on Thursday night between key government officials, led by Governor Yahaya Bello, and stakeholders representing the different ethnic groups in the state. 

A statement signed by the Hon. Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo and made available to journalists in Lokoja, at the meeting, which ran into the early hours of Friday,  all stakeholders resolved to head to court in the interest of the people and generations yet unborn.

He said the Governor made it clear to the House that there was no going back on the state’s resolve to reclaim its asset, even while he sued for calm in the interest of peace. 

“This struggle is not about Governor Yahaya Bello or his administration It’s about the people of Kogi State. In the last 72 hours, well-meaning Nigerians, leaders, and government officials have waded in and have pleaded with the Governor to consider reopening the plant while discussions are ongoing. 

“The expectations of the over 4 million Kogites are clear and high and we want to assure them that the Governor and the Government of Kogi State will not compromise the interest of the people of the state to reclaim their rights in the cement company. 

“There were series of high-powered meetings to resolve the impasse, including meetings having the Governor and Alh. Aliko Dangote was in attendance where discussions were held and statements of interest were established however there was no agreement yet as some desperate parties are trying to promote in the media to mislead the public. We shall be non-violent in our approach as we are sure of green pathways to success for the people in this battle for the economic future of our dear state. 

“We maintain that the collective asset of the people of Kogi State must be protected and reclaimed in this instance. And that is the process the government has started. We will fight this battle to the end till we get justice from the courts. No committee can resolve this dispute,” the statement said. 

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