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Benue people lament the closure of Dangote Gboko Plant, call for FG intervention

By on January 10, 2013

The Benue State Government has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the temporary closure of the Gboko plant of Dangote Cement, saying the closure has caused serious financial loss and untold hardship in the few weeks of its closure.

The Chairman of Gboko Local Government of Benue State, Mr. Nahan Zinda, in a statement said the closure has cost the local government and the people of Benue State over N15 million.

He said, “Since the company was closed, cement price has gone up. Our people have been jobless and suffering. It may also lead to anti-social behaviours. Our women who are doing petty businesses outside the gate are also complaining bitterly.”

Zinda pleaded with the Federal Government to move fast and work out modalities to reopen the factory as soon as possible.

Speaking on the same development, the Chairman of the Quarry Community, Mr. Donald Tser, lamenting the closure said, the closure has made the local government a ghost town as all commercial activities have been halted.

He said, “We are afraid that our children may resort to anti-social behaviour and this is dangerous for Nigeria. We are calling on the government to hasten the process of re-opening the plant.”

Mrs Grace John, who spoke on behalf of women traders in Gboko,also said all activities in the local government have been crumbled, she called on the federal government to intervene and facilitate the immediate reopening of the company.