labour hails dangote drive

*Vice-President of the Geneva based global union, the Industrial * *ALL who is also the Secretary General of the National Textile Garment Workers Union,* Comrade Issa Aremu has commended Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group for promoting investments and creating thousands of direct and indirect youth employments across the country and in Africa. The labour leader noted that Dangote’s [image_0] investments in many sectors have been a key factor behind Nigeria’s improving economy. Aremu gave this commendation while speaking on the sideline of the 5th Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria *(PENGASSAN)* in Abuja. Aremu who represented former Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole as the guest speaker called on wealthy Nigerians to emulate the business guru, rather than stashing their money in foreign investment. Aremu noted that Nigeria would have been an industrial giant in Africa if the nation could boast of more *Dangotes* whose preoccupation would be to invest and create jobs for the teeming populace. He mentioned the on-going construction of the world class refinery and petrochemicals in Lagos by Dangote as a great step towards massive job creation. Speaking earlier on the theme of the conference “Emerging Trends in the Oil and Gas Industry and its Impacts on Labour Movement in Nigeria,’ he said in spite of the challenges in the oil and gas industry,no diversification can take place in agriculture, in solid minerals without the necessary available resources that are still accruable from the oil and gas sector. “It is obvious, 40 per cent of the national employment comes from the sector not only that, 95 per cent of the foreign exchange earning of Nigeria comes from oil and gas, 16 per cent of our GDP also comes from this sector, with 37 billion reserved crude oil as well as 183 trillion cubic feet of gas,’’ he said.

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