President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has received the highest civilian honour in Cameroon – the Commander of the National Order of Valour – from the President of the Republic, Paul Biya.
According to President Paul Biya, the landmark honour was conferred on Dangote in recognitionof hiseffortsininfrastructuraldevelopmentof Cameroonand Africa through his cement plants.
The president, at a conferment ceremony held at the Unity Palace, Yaoundé, expressed prideatDangote’svariousefforts at promoting industrialisation across Africa through the building of cement plants in several African countries.
He noted that these plants have provided thousands of directandindirectemploymentat their various locations, to boost the economies of their host countries, justlikeinCameroon.
He urged the leading African investor toconsider moreinvestmentsinthemanufacturingsector inCameroon, explainingthat therearenumerousbusinessopportunities in the country.
He maintained that his government is focused on promoting a business-friendly environment to make the country moreattractiveandaninvestors’ destination.
In his response, Dangote thanked President Biya and the peopleof Cameroonforthegreat honourdonetohimintheaward of the nation’s highest civilian honour. He disclosed that there are plans to diversify the group’s investmentsinCameroon, starting with energy.
He said, “We have plans to expand our investment to other sectors beginning with oil and gaswhileourcapacityincement will be expanded”.
He commended the Cameroonian government for providing an enabling environment, which aided the successful completion of the Dangote Cement plant. He also expressed appreciation for the support provided by the president and cabinet in solving the challenges encountered in the construction of the plant.