Dangote has terminated three thousand jobs at his Sugar Plantation in Adamawa state, north east Nigeria – and protests have now shut down the plantation for over three weeks.
“If it is our blood that is needed for it to succeed, then so be it,” says one of the protesters.
The gates of the Dangote Savannah Sugar Company Plc in the state are locked and guarded. The protesters believe production of sugar is up but management has not only fired key staff, but also failed to provide investment into the community such as safe drinking water sources.
Placards read – “Nobody will come to our land and subject us to slavery” and “We no go gree.”
Aliko Dangote is Africa’s richest man with an estimated worth of over $13.9 billion. He has investments across Nigeria and Africa. And this year, Dangote made headlines by announcing he wanted to invest over $700 million in sugar processing across Nigeria.
However, the local communities who work on the sugar plantations say they have seen little or no benefit from the investments.
Buildings are dilapidated and water sources are muddy and polluted.
“There’s only one person causing all this pain – and that is Aliko Dangote. Is this the only place he can show his relevance?”
“The agitation here want the company to reopen but want the right thing to be done. We are after our jobs, our peace and our land.”
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