Dangote Flour Mills has reopened its plant in Kano, saving the jobs of 3,000 workers who depend on the firm for livelihood. The plant was initially shut down by Tiger Branded Consumer Goods of South Africa following its acquisition of the flour mill.
Speaking during the reopening ceremony and commissioning of new machinery at the plant location in Kano Mr. Dangote said:
“When our core shareholder, Tiger Brand Ltd that holds greater percent of the company’s shares, decided to close down the flour mill, Dangote Group decided to buy back the shares and re-open the company and that is why we have injected N10 billion to that effect
“We have realised that without this company operating, the livelihoods of over 30,000 people will be jeopardised. The closure was a mistake that will never be repeated, thanks to our customers who remained loyal to us despite all odds.”
He added that the company was also looking forward to venturing into farming in the state so as to create more jobs.
“I would like to assure you that we are back for good and we will never close this mill again. It has always been my desire to increase our investments in Kano. We are also looking forward to venturing into farming in the state where we can create a lot of jobs, and I think this flour mill will help us achieve this feat in Kano.
“Kano is very strategic because most of our products, be it flour, sugar, pasta, enjoy a lot of patronage and support. I want to announce that we have successfully re-engineered Dangote Flour Mill so as to meet the emerging challenges in the market place and also to meet the ever changing demands of our esteemed and loyal consumers.” he added.