DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
African’s wealthiest person, Aliko Dangote,
said on Monday he is happy with the leadership style of
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli and pledged to continue
working with him and his government.
Speaking after the
president has visited his 500 million U.S. dollars cement
factory in the southern Tanzania region of Mtwara, Dangote said
he is satisfied with every effort taken by President Magufuli
and his government to improve the investment climate in the
country, the second largest economy in East Africa.
“It is a great honor
and privilege to our company to have been given such an
opportunity to make such a big investment in Tanzania which is
worth 650 million U.S. dollars,” Dangote told the president.
He added that his
cement factory is ready to continue supporting government
measures in addressing socio-economic challenges as part of the
implementation of his company’s corporate social responsibility.
President Magufuli that currently the factory was producing
between 750,000 tonnes and 770,000 tonnes of cement annually,
adding that production projection for 2018 stood at 3 million
Dangote was speaking
a day after President Magufuli instructed the Ministry of Energy
and Minerals and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Cooperation
(TPDC) to allocate part of Ngaka coalmine in Mbinga district,
Ruvuma region to Dangote Cement Factory to enable the factory to
produce coal for cement production.
Magufuli gave the
ministry and TPDC seven days to allocate the land and issue
mining license to the company and repeated his previous call
that Dangote should not buy natural gas through private
companies apart from TPDC.
“Dangote must be
granted mining license for coal and must have direct access to
natural gas from TPDC,” said Magufuli.