Federal Lawmaker Protests Indiscriminate Activities of Dangote In Kogi.

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Member representing Ankpa federal Constituency, Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali has protested the indiscriminate activities of Dangote group of companies in his domain.

He therefore urged the green chamber to probe the activities of the company in mining the large deposits of coal minerals in the area.

Raising the issue at plenary as a matter of urgent importance, the house ressolved to look into the activities of the conglomerates.

Halims said the large deposits of coal in Awo-Akpali, Okobo, and Onupi Communities in Ankpa Federal Constituency of Kogi State is being rewarded with killings of innocent people in the areas, with reckless driving without adequate compensation.

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He said the mining activities of Dangote in the area that was meant to be a blessing to the communities had turned to nightmare.

“In December 2021, it was reported that a man from Ikanekpo Village in Ankpa Local Government Area, conveying his wife who was in labour to the Hospital in Ankpa town for medical attention, was crushed to death with his wife by a Dangote Company truck without any form of empathy or compensation from the management of the company.”

“Recently, the entire community of Okobo in Enjema District of Ankpa Local Government Area was thrown into mourning over the death of a renowned Islamic Scholar who was crushed to death by a Dangote truck while returning from a naming ceremony in Okpoku leaving victims critically injured in the accident.”

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“The House is further concerned that the people of Ankpa Federal Constituency have benefitted nothing from the company but have continued to suffer anguish and hardship due to non-implementation of the Community Development Agreements with the said company,” he noted.

To this end, the House called on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to intervene and ensure road safety compliance by Dangote Industries Limited.

In line with the resolution, the House mandated the joint committees on Federal Road Safety Commission Legislative Compliance and Solid Minerals to ensure compliance.

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