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.”

What are your thoughts on the protests at Dangote’s Sugar Plantation? Comment below.

8 COMMENTS

  1. People have the right to air their grievances in a peaceful manner as they did. Remember, it is not only the Bwatiye people that works in Savannah, many other tribes. What about throwing them out job, where do expect them to go, is it to go and join the boko haram brigade or what. One man can’t hold the community and the employer at ransom. Think about it.

    • Thanks for your comment Isaiah!I agree that people should be allowed to voice how they feel, as long as there’s no violence involved! Hope you’re a subscriber o!

  2. They’re right. That’s my community I know how much people have been suffering for long. Is time to make the right decision. Kudos to them.

  3. My comment is coming right from Savannah Sugar Company, If you are wondering how, it’s because I base there. There are many versions off this story, BattaBox has written the phase they learnt. I’ve been in the company estate for over twenty years and for those years recorded, there has never been a protest by these labor workers that hasn’t involved violence, lest they have been barricaded from penetrating into the company, they vandalize both company and private properties, brutally beat and injure residents, chase children from schools striking terror and fear into the hearts of people.
    I’m not here to say that they have no reason to protest, they do. Especially when they feel their rights have been mitigated or violated. The company has it’s errs which is supposed to be corrected through an amicable dialogue , I support their protests 100% but I dislike the violence.

  4. Well, it is obvious seeing the fact that with all enthusiasm and collaborated efforts to making sure that savannah sugar have survive in respective of environment discomfort, the management seems not to adhere to some community huddles. I believed it is is the right thing been done at the right time.

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